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Knife, fork, spoon and case: M.59A-D-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cutler: Unidentified
Handle maker: Unknown




Gilt metal and steel; the folding knife, fork and spoon with gilt metal handles cast and chased with hunting scenes; the leather case with pull-off lid

Gilt metal and steel, tooled leather; The knife (A) has a steel simitar-shaped blade which folds into the pistol grip handle; pinned to the sides of the handle are two gilt metal scales which are caste and chased with vignettes of stag and hare hunting on a matted ground. The fork (B) has two long steel tines, which are hinged at right-angles to the pistol grip handle; pinned to the sides of the handle are two gilt metal scales similar to those of the knife. The spoon (C) has an elongated oval gilt metal bowl; the stem is hinged with a sliding clasp; the flat handle is cast and chased with vignettes of a stag and bird on the front and two hounds on the back. The case (D) has a pull-off lid, and is of leather with tooled decoration.


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
Circa 1700 CE - Circa 1800 CE

Components of the work

Spoon composed of metal Length 19.3 cm
Fork Handle composed of metal
Knife Handle composed of metal
Surface Of Handle composed of gold
Surface Of Spoon composed of gold
Knife composed of steel Length 20.2 cm
Tines composed of steel
Case composed of leather Length 12 cm
Fork Length 20.3 cm

Techniques used in production

Cast (process)

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.59A-D-1930
Primary reference Number: 167142
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 24 September 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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