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  • Fork
  • Family of de Bry
  • Flanders
  • c. 1610
  • Iron or steel and silver, engraved
  • Length: 18.2 cm
    Weight: 0.45 kg
  • Inscription: 'treuren & wt . alle'
    Inscription: 'het wycken . och . mocht'
    Inscription: 'daniel ii'
  • A915
  • European Armoury I
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  • Fork, part of a set with knife A914, having three prongs, the short middle prong being merely ornamental; silver handle like that of the knife. The subjects of the engraving on the handle are, in the oval panel, a winged hart radiant inscribed:

    treuren . wt . alle

    It is not clear where it begins.

    Below this is a panel inscribed 'daniel ii'. On the other side in the oval, a tree inscribed:

    het wycken . och . mocht

    with St. Paul before Festus? And Sapientia below.

    Flemish, about 1620.

    Provenance: Joyeau (couteau et Fourchette argt. De Théodore de Bry, 400 fr.; receipted bill, 27 7bre, 1867); Comte de Nieuwekerke.

    The high finish and delicacy of the engraving upon the handles of this knife and fork are in the style of Theodor de Bry (1528-98), but their shape and general ornament suggest a later date; possibly they were the work of Johann Theodor de Bry, son of the above (1561-1623).

    Compare similar examples in the Ridpath Collection (sold Sotheby's, 18-19 February, 1942, lot 220, ex-Trapnell) and in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Bailey, Knives and Forks, fig. 17).