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A pair of knives and case: M.3A-C-1836

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unidentified
Handle maker: Unknown
Cutler: Unknown




Pressed horn powder, gold, silver, steel and fishskin; each knife with slender handle and silver or steel blade, in a green fishskin case

Pressed horn powder, gold, silver, steel and fishskin; each knife has a pressed horn powder handle in green flecked with red to resemble haematite, oval in section, broadening slightly towards the gold terminal cap, and with a gold ferrule. The slim blade has parallel sides tapering to a sharp point. Knife A has a blade of silver, and knife B has a blade of steel. The case is covered in fishskin dyed malachite green. It is approximately oval in section and tapers to a point. The lid is hinged with a press button clasp, and the interior is lined in red velvet.


History note: Not known before testator

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1836-07-27) by Whitehurst, Miss


18th Century, Late
Circa 1780 - Circa 1800

Components of the work

Sheath composed of fishskin Length 19.6 cm
Handle composed of pressed horn powder
Mounts composed of gold
Blade A composed of silver
Blade B composed of steel
Knife A Length 18.6 cm
Knife B Length 18.6 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3A-C-1836
Primary reference Number: 167108
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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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