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Knife and fork: M.56A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cutler: Unidentified
Cutler: Unknown
Handle maker: Unknown




Silver, enamel and steel; the knife has a steel blade and a silver and enamel handle ; the two tined fork is similarly decorated

Silver, enamel and steel; the knife has a steel blade with parallel sides; the handle is rectangular in section and has has two enamelled scales held by a silver ferrule, terminal cap and mounts on the sides. The enamel has a white ground decorated with green and blue scrolls, circles and lozenges within borders of red dots. The silver mounts are engraved with borders of chevrons and hatched lines. The fork has two long steel tines and a similar handle. Above the blade of the knife and tines of the fork are gaps within the handles which allow the blade to fit into the fork's handle and vice versa, thereby interlocking the knife and fork, and making them safe for travelling.


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 18th or early 19th century
Circa 1780 CE - 1820 CE

Components of the work

Scale composed of enamel
Mount composed of silver
Blade composed of steel
Tines composed of steel
Fork Length 14.1 cm
Knife Length 14.6 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.56A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 167105
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 17 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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