The Wallace Collection

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Knife
  • Knife
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany or Poland
  • c. 1690
  • Steel and silver, engraved
  • Length: 11.4 cm, blade
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 0.07 kg
  • Inscription: Crowned 'T C' Engraved
    Stamp: Shield of arms
  • A917
  • European Armoury I
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  • Knife, part of a set with fork A918 and case A919, made in one piece of steel. The handle, semi-circular in section, has been plated with silver, roughly engraved with leaves; the blade, single-edged and pointed, with a trefoil pierced at the forte. It is engraved with the crowned monogram TC on one side, and an oval coat of arms on the other; it is fastened to the fork by two spring-catches operated by a button at the pommel.

    The arms are: Tierced in mantle, 1, the Palatinate, 2, Bavaria, 3, the Reichs apfel; ensigned by the electoral bonnet: the initials T C ensigned by a bonnet of similar variety. These initials are those of Teresa Cunigunda, daughter of John Sobieski, King of Poland, and second wife of Maximilian Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria; she was married in 1694, and died in 1730.

    Bavarian or Polish (?), about 1690.

    There is a similar set in the Sanders Fiske Collection in the Sheffield Museum, pierced with the same arms.