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Knife and fork: C.3024A & B-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Handle maker: Bow Porcelain Manufactory
Cutler: MASO




Soft-paste porcelain and steel; the knife with white soft-paste porcelain handle and steel scimitar-shaped blade; the two tined fork with similar handle

Soft-paste porcelain and steel; the knife has a soft-paste porcelain pistol grip handle and steel scimitar-shaped blade. The all white handle is moulded in relief with scrollwork and small prunus blossoms. The broad steel ferrule has a scalloped border. The fork has two long steel tines and a similar, but slightly smaller, handle to that of the knife.


History note: Mrs Bradman, probably Great Bradley, by whom given to Miss Parsons of Manor Farm, Horseheath, Cambridgeshire. Given by Miss Parsons about 1918 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

History note: Given to Miss Parsons by Mrs. Bradman, the wife of a forman on the farm, who came from Bradley (presumably Great Bradley near Newmarket). She told Miss Parsons that someone gave them to her as "odd things" when she started housekeeping but they looked as if they had been buried.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Mid
George II
Production date: circa AD 1750

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Components of the work

Handle composed of soft-paste porcelain
Blade composed of steel
Ferrule composed of steel
Tines composed of steel
Knife (to Break) Length 15.1 cm
Fork Length 17.8 cm
Knife (entire) Length 20.9 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MASO
  • Location: On the blade
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Cutler's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3024A & B-1928
Primary reference Number: 74334
Old object number: 4876
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 April 2014 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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