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Knife and fork: M.39A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cutler: Unidentified




Tortoiseshell, silver and steel; the knife has a scimitar-shaped steel blade and pistol grip handle with scales of tortoiseshell inlaid with silver studs; the two-tined fork is similarly decorated

Tortoiseshell, silver and steel; the knife has a scimitar-shaped steel blade; each side of the pistol grip handle has a tortoiseshell scale inlaid with a decorative pattern of large silver studs within a circle of small piqué work circles. The flat top edge is of steel cut in a geometric pattern. The domed silver terminal cap is engraved with a geometric flower round a small ball knop. The silver ferrule is finely engraved with flowers and scrolls. The fork has two long steel tines and a handle which is similarly decorated to that of the knife.


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Solingen ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Circa 1670 CE - Circa 1700 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Handle composed of tortoise shell
Studs, Cap composed of silver
Fork Length 20.4 cm
Knife Length 22 cm

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.39A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 166972
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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