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Sheath: M.10-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Boxwood sheath for knife and fork, carved with Biblical scenes and inscriptions

Boxwood; the sheath is approximately oval in section with a slightly flattened upper surface, and tapers towards a stylised leaf terminal with a hole in the base. There are two internal recesses for a knife and a fork. The front and back of the sheath are divided into five panels each contining an Old Testament vignette, including Adam and Eve being tempted by the serpent, their expulsion from Paradise and the Judgement of Solomon; above each is inscribed 'VANSCHEF', 'VANADAM', ' VANENCEL', 'VANSAM', 'SAMS', 'VANHETER', 'VANNATA', SALOMON', 'VANSVS' and 'VANSAM'. The sides of the sheath are inscribed 'ENDE DIE BI MATEN BRENCKT MENN?CHE / TOT GROOTE STAETEN ANNO 1598 / WEINICH WOORDEN EN DIE WARACHTICH CLEIN / ONDERWIN EN DAT BEDACHTICH GOLDE MANIEFEN'.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs. W. D. Dickson.

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Late 16th Century
Production date: AD 1598

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.10-1930
Primary reference Number: 98233
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 December 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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