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Knife, fork and sheath: M.54A-C-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cutler: Unidentified
Silversmith: Unknown




White metal, parcel-gilt and steel; the knife with steel blade and white metal parcel-gilt handle with knopped terminal, the fork with two long tines and a similar handle; both fitting in a white metal sheath heavily embossed with scrolls

White metal, parcel-gilt and steel; the knife has steel blade which tapers to a pointed tip, and a crudely cast white metal handle which is circular in section and terminates in an ornate knop. The ribbed stem and knop are partially gilt. The fork has two long steel tines and a central very short wavy tine, and a handle similar to that of the knife. The white metal (silver) sheath is oval in section and curves slightly upward towards an octagonal knop. The sides are heavily chased and engraved with a pattern of scrolling foliage on a hatched ground.


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.


18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - Circa 1800 CE

Components of the work

Sheath composed of white metal (silver) Length 17.3 cm
Handle composed of white metal
Blade composed of steel
Knife Length 17.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Cast (process)

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.54A-C-1930
Primary reference Number: 167106
Old object number: M.2-1939
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 24 September 2015 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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