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Knife, fork and sheath: M.55A-C-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cutler: Unidentified
Silversmith: Unknown




White metal, parcel-gilt and steel; the knife with steel blade and gilt knopped handle; the fork has two long tines and a similar handle; both fit in a white metal parcel-gilt sheath heavily decorated with embossing and applied decorative borders

White metal, parcel-gilt, steel and wood; the knife has steel blade which tapers to a pointed tip, and a gilt white metal handle which is circular in section. The lower stem of the handle is engraved with borders of lines and chevrons; the upper part consists of a series of fluted knops and calyxes and terminates in a small ball. The fork has two long steel tines and a handle similar to that of the knife, but without the engraved border on the handle. The white metal (silver) sheath is approximately oval in section and tapers towards the stylised flame knop. The sides are heavily embossed with a pattern of leaves and scrolls, and have applied decorative borders and a deep band of wrapped wirework. On the side of the rim is a ring. The interior is fitted with wood.


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 (1933) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - Circa 1800 CE

Components of the work

Lining composed of wood
Sheath composed of white metal (silver) Length 16.8 cm
Handle composed of white metal
Blade composed of steel
Fork Length 16.2 cm
Knife Length 18 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.55A-C-1930
Primary reference Number: 167107
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 December 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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