The Wallace Collection

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  • Knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • England, probably
  • c. 1600 - c. 1610
  • Iron or steel, gold and silver, false-damascened
  • Length: 12.7 cm, blade
    Width: 1.3 cm
    Weight: 0.105 kg, all together
  • Maker's mark: 'F P'
  • A905
  • European Armoury I
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  • Knife, one of a set of three with A903 and A904. Made in one piece of steel, the outer side of the grip overlaid with fine, gold arabesques, the inner faces overlaid in silver with scrolls and short, curved lines. When combined with the other two knives in the set, forming a single knife, the joint grip is of octagonal section, shaped at the end, and finished with a small button.

    Straight, single-edged blade with rebated point, stamped on one side with a maker's mark, the monogram F P(?)

    Probably English about 1600-10 (J. F. Hayward and C. Blair, personal communication, 1964).

    Provenance: Verdier (Un couteau ancien à trois lames incrusté d' or, 200 fr.; receipted bill, 1 March, 1867); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Compare two sets of knives in the Victoria and Albert Museum bearing the marks of the London cutler John Jencks (nos. T.55-T.55B-1954, and M.I 141-1926; J. F. Hayward, English Cutlery sixteenth to eighteenth century, 1956, pls. VI and VI Ib respectively).