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Pair of knives and case: M.51A-C-1930

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Possibly Unknown (Cutler)
Possibly Unknown (Handle maker)
Possibly Unknown (Case maker)


Ivory, silver, enamel and steel, wood; each knife with steel blade and ivory handle with enamel and inlaid silver wire; the two tined fork with similar handle; the case and pull-off lid of shagreen

Ivory, silver, enamel and steel, shagreen and white metal; each knife has a steel tapering blade and ivory handle of circular section with silver ferrule and terminal cap. Both ivory handles are inscribed and decorated with scrolls and tulips in inlaid silver wires and red enamel . Knife A is inscribed 'AN: GOTTES: SE / EN: IST: ALLES' and knife B is inscribed 'GELEGEN / ANNO: 1674'. The case (C) is of wood covered with unpolished pearl ray shagreen with a white metal mount to the tip. It has a pull-off lid, is of lobed oval section and tapers to a point.


History note: Frank Smart Collection; T.J.G. Duncanson

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.


Late 17th Century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1674


Unidentified cutler. Object probably either German or English.

School or Style


Components of the work

Sheath: composed of wood shagreen Decoration: composed of silverwire enamel Case Tip: composed of white metal Ferrule: composed of silver Blade: composed of steel Handle: composed of ivory Knife B: Length 13.3 cm
Knife A: Length 13.5 cm
Case: Length 17.3 cm

Techniques used in production

Inlaid Enamelling

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a star above ?

  • Location: On the blade
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Cutler's mark
  • Location: On the sides of knife A
  • Method of creation: Engraved ivory inlaid with silver wire
  • Inscription
  • Text: GELEGEN / ANNO: 1674
  • Location: On the sides of knife B
  • Method of creation: Engraved ivory inlaid with silver wire
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.51A-C-1930
Primary reference Number: 167117
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 24 September 2015 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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