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Knife and fork: M.48A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified




Stained bone or horn, silver and steel; the knife has a steel blade and a pistol grip stained bone or horn handle set on each side with four silver bosses; the two-tined fork is similarly decorated.

Stained bone or horn, silver and steel; the knife has a near parallel steel blade which turns down towards the point; the pistol grip oval section handle is of bone stained brown or horn. Each side of the handle is set with a row of four silver bosses, engraved with the coat-of-arms of the Elector of Saxony impaling another, surrounded by small silver piqué work circles. The volute terminal is capped with silver, which is engraved with a flower. The silver ferrule shows remnants of gilding. The fork has two exceptionally long steel tines and a silver ferrule engraved with two pairs of wings, but the handle is decorated similarly to that of the knife.


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.


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

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Handle composed of bone ( or horn)
Traces composed of gilt
Fork Length 17.7 cm
Knife Length 20 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.48A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 166977
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 December 2017 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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