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Pair of knives: M.42A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Handle maker: Unknown
Cutler: Harrison Brothers & Howson




Ivory, silver and silver plated nickle; each knife with an ivory handle of a woman holding a fan and a later silver plated blade

Ivory, silver and silver plated nickle; each knife has an ivory handle which is carved as a woman in 17th century dress with ringletted hair, holding a fan in her fight hand. The later blade is of electro-plated nickle silver (EPNS). It has parallel sides and a rounded tip. The later ferrule is of silver, oval in section and reeded.


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Sheffield ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


The blades and ferrules were made in the late 19th century and replace earlier blades

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Blade composed of nickel
Surface Of Blade composed of silver
Handle composed of ivory
Knife A Length 20 cm
Knife B Length 22 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: H B & H *
  • Location: On the blade
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.42A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 167098
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 December 2013 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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