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Compound utensil: GR.1.1991

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Object information

Titles

  • Roman "Swiss Army Knife"

Eating implement, folding, with three-pronged fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife.

As well as a knife, spoon, and fork, this implement provides a spike, spatula and small pick. The spike might have helped in extracting the meat from snails, and the spatula in poking sauce out of narrow-necked bottles: the pick could have served as a tooth-pick. While many less elaborate folding knives survive in bronze, this one’s complexity and the fact that it is made of silver suggest it is a luxury item, perhaps a useful gadget for a wealthy traveller.

Named entities

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bought
  • Dates: 1990

Dating

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 88 mm
  • Width: 155 mm

Components of the work

  • Knife composed of iron

Materials used in production

Associated department: Antiquities

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Friday 14 May 2021
  • Last processed: Saturday 15 May 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

Associated institutions

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