folding fork~folding spoon~pin~dice~ear-pick~pen~tooth-pick


British Museum

British Museum

Folding spoon and fork, combined; silver; parcel-gilt; shaft of engraved octagonal section; collar set with garnets, sliding collar to confine the hinge, pierced and engraved; hinge with Pelican in piety in full relief; swimming ducks on reverse; prongs of fork fit into five loops at back of oval bowl, which is plain with stippled edge representing a lily; upper end with lion mask in relief and two circles with cupids holding chains attached to wyvern; top formed of pierced sphere containing two silver dice, released by unscrewing pin, in head of which is engraved crystal with two shield-shaped panels, gilt behind with two shields; spherical top unscrews withdrawing silver pen, in tube of which are hinged toothpick and ear-pick; inscribed. Openwork.

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  • Title: folding fork~folding spoon~pin~dice~ear-pick~pen~tooth-pick
  • Date Created: 1825/1872
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 17.80cm (spoon max); Length: 15.50cm (fork); Length: 9.80cm (handle); Length: 6.40cm (bowl); Length: 11.20cm (folded max); Width: 5.30cm (bowl max); Weight: 74.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: gilded; engraved; relief; stippled; soldered
  • Subject: bird; mythical figure/creature; mammal; cherub/cupid; flower
  • Registration number: WB.214
  • Production place: Made in Germany
  • Material: mineral; garnet; silver
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm. Previous owner/ex-collection Rothschild, Anselm von