The Wallace Collection

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Knife
  • Knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1620
  • Iron or steel, agate, copper alloy, gold and silver, damascened
  • Weight: 0.055 kg
  • A906
  • European Armoury I
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  • Chisel-shaped knife, with a handle of agate, square in section with grooved sides; rosette-shaped terminal of brass; short blade broader than it is long, with transverse cutting edge slightly concave, the upper part shaped as two dolphins and overlaid in gold and silver with foliated arabesques with a vase in the centre.

    Italian, about 1620.

    Provenance: Joyeau (Un outil fer gravé XVIème siècle, 150 fr.; receipted bill, 18 April, 1870); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Called in a former inventory a ‘tobacco-cutter’. In reality this object is probably a broken serving knife.