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Knife and fork with scabbard
  • Knife and fork with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France or Flanders
  • c. 1814
  • Steel, silver and ivory, engraved
  • Length: 11.6 cm, knife
    Width: 1.1 cm, knife
    Weight: 0.025 kg
  • Inscription: 'WORMUL' Stamped
    Maker's mark: Two marks
    Stamp: 'V' and either '1717' or '1747' or lettering
    Stamp: 'V' and either '1717' or '1747' or lettering
    Inscription: 'H. White' Engraved in Old English lettering
  • A916
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Trousse, comprising a knife and fork contained in a sheath of ivory. The sheath has been carved in high relief with longitudinal panels containing, respectively, on either side, King David and a nude female figure wearing a morion and holding a lance, the intervening panels carved with acanthus leaves and scrolls. The sheath has a silver locket stamped with the same marks as the knife and fork and engraved with an owner's name: ‘ H. White’ in Old English lettering; the terminal is turned and ends in an acorn; two loops and a silver chain at the side for suspension. In the pockets are:

    - A single-edged knife of steel with plain handle of silver and of oval section, the blade stamped: W O R M U L The handle bears two small maker's marks.

    - A three-pronged fork of silver with plain oval handle stamped with the same marks as the knife: the first is the letter V, the second (much rubbed) may be either the figures 1717, or 1714, or the remains of lettering.

    Flemish, date uncertain.

    The knife and fork are possibly of later date than the sheath. The V-mark resembles Rosenborg no. 4716, a 19th-century Dutch import mark used from 1814 to 1953. The second mark is a fasces, the petite garantie for silver used in the French Departments from 1809 to 1819, and in Holland from 1810 to 1814.