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Knife, fork and spoon: M.50A-C-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Silver-gilt, tortoiseshell and gold; the knife has a silver-gilt blade and a tortoiseshell handle with gold piqué scrolls, foliage and latticework; the fork and spoon are similarly decorated

Silver-gilt, tortoiseshell and gold; the knife has a silver-gilt slightly scimitar shaped pointed blade with a flying bolster, and a hollow translucent blond tortoiseshell handle. The handle is oval in section and broadens towards the shaped rounded terminal. The two convex tortoiseshell sides (scales) are pinned to a scale tang and joined by a narrow moulded border of silver-gilt. The surface of the tortoiseshell is inlaid with gold piqué work scrolls, foliage and latticework. The dessert fork has four silver-gilt tines. The dessert spoon has an oval silver-gilt bowl, on the back of which is a chased stylised leaf and rat-tail. The fork and spoon both have flat scales of tortoiseshell pinned to the top and bottom of the handles and joined by a narrow moulded border of silver-gilt. The tortoiseshell scales are decorated with gold piqué work scrolls, foliage and latticework to match 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.


18th Century, Early-Mid#
Louis XV
Circa 1710 CE - Circa 1750 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Blades composed of silver gilt
Spoon Length 16.5 cm
Fork Length 16.6 cm
Knife Length 22.2 cm
Tortoise Shell

Materials used in production

Tortoise shell

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.50A-C-1930
Primary reference Number: 167094
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 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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