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Knife, fork and sheath: M.32A-C-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cutler: Unknown




Wood and steel; the knife with steel scimitar-shaped blade and ebony handle carved with the bust of a man; the handle of the two-tined fork is carved with the bust of a woman; the sheath is covered in polished shagreen with a white metal rim mount

Wood and steel, shagreen and white metal; the knife (A) has a steel scimitar-shaped blade, a white metal ferrule and a wood, probably ebony, handle carved in the form of the head and torso of a man. The fork (B) has two long steel tines, a white metal ferrule and a wood handle, probably ebony, carved in the form of the head and torso of a woman. The sheath (C) is shaped oval in section and tapers to a point; it is covered in polished pearl ray shagreen with a white metal rim mount.


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 1650 CE - 1700 CE


The interior of the sheath is fitted with three cavities, two for the knife and fork and a third very small circular one for a lost implement. It is possible the sheath was made for a different set of cutlery.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Handle composed of wood
Sheath composed of shagreen Length 20.5 cm
Mount composed of white metal
Blade composed of steel
Ferrule composed of steel
Tines composed of steel
Fork Length 16.5 cm
Knife Length 18.9 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.32A-C-1930
Primary reference Number: 167115
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 September 2012 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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