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Pair of knives: M.49A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cutler: Unidentified
Handle maker: Unknown




Wood and steel, parcel-gilt; each knife with a steel blade and a wood handle carved with a pair of figures

Wood and steel, parcel-gilt; each knife has a steel pointed scimitar-shaped blade with a broad flat upper edge, ornate polymorphic bolster and wide ferrule which are damascened in gold. The wood handle is carved in the form of a pair of figures standing on a rope edged plinth with scrolling foliage behind. Knife A depicts two young men, and knife B depicts two young women.


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

From the Frank Smart Collection, given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


Late 17th Century
Circa 1650 CE - Circa 1700 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Handle composed of wood
Decoration On Blade composed of gold
Blade composed of steel
Knife B Length 24.6 cm
Knife A Length 24 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.49A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 167104
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 September 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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