The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c.1530 and 19th century
    19th century (handle)
    probably c. 1530 (blade)
  • Iron or steel, jasper, gold, silver, etched and gilded
  • Length: 17 cm, blade
    Width: 2.1 cm
    Weight: 0.06 kg
  • A898
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Knife, the handle of pink and white jasper, of flattened octagonal section, with silver mounts, each with a pierced border of trefoils, gilt, and on the cap pointillé ornament of flowers; single-edged blade, straight, flat, and with a nearly square end; at the forte, floral decoration, etched and gilt.

    The blade probably about 1530; remainder 19th century.

    The authenticity of this knife was doubted by C. R. Beard. Genuine examples of jasper-handled knives of this type are in the British Museum and in the National Museum at Copenhagen.