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Knife, fork and spoon in case: M.57A-D-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown
Case maker: Unknown




Silver, parcel-gilt, enamel and steel; the knife with steel blade on a slender spiral fluted handle with enamelled head finial ; the fork and spoon with similar handles, the case of fishskin

Silver, parcel-gilt, enamel and steel; the knife (A) has a steel blade of scimitar shape tapering to a sharp point; the silver handle is a slender fluted spiral enamelled with a narrow band of turquoise; just above the join with the blade are a pair of back-to-back scrolls enamelled in turquoise; the handle terminates in a volute, also enamelled in turquoise; the applied finial is in the form of a head, with white enamelled face and green enamelled leaves in the hair. The fork (B) has steel tines; its handle is similar to that of the knife, but it unscrews, and the terminal depicts a different head, facing right, with green enamelled leaves at the base of the neck. The spoon (C) has a fig-shaped silver bowl, with traces of gilding on the back; it joins the handle with a series of scrolls enamelled turquoise; the handle is similar to those of the knife and fork, but the finial depicts a third head with chaplet of green leaves. The case (D) with hinged lid is shaped like a spoon with a broad handle; it is covered in fishskin and lined with red velvet.


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Vienna ⪼ Austria

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Late-20th Century, Early#
Circa 1870 CE - 1910 CE


The case is of an earlier date than the knife, fork and spoon, and therefore was originally made to hold a different set

School or Style

Renaissance Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel
Surface Of Bowl composed of gold
Handle composed of silver
Spoon Bowl composed of silver
Fork Tines composed of steel
Knife Blade composed of steel
Spoon Length 17.6 cm
Fork Length 20.2 cm
Knife Length 20 cm
Case Length 23.2 cm

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.57A-D-1930
Primary reference Number: 167111
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 24 September 2015 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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