British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Wedding knife and fork; gold enamelled handles; purple velvet sheath embroidered with gold thread and seed pearls; knife handle engraved on one side and filled with enamel, scrolls, birds and insects; ship on top with flag of Holland; other face similar but with shield of arms, including fleur-de-lis; upper end cut into scroll form; fork similar but with two clasped hands supporting a balance; different shield of arms with fleur-de-lis; sheath with formal floral patterns, part under cap stamped in gold with clasped hands holding a heart flaming; suspension loops; inscribed.

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  • Title: wedding-knife~wedding-fork~sheath
  • Date Created: 1600/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 31.00cm (sheath); Length: 21.40cm (fork); Length: 20.90cm (knife); Width: 4.20cm (sheath); Width: 2.20cm (fork); Width: 2.10cm (knife); Depth: 3.50cm (sheath); Depth: 0.90cm (fork and knife); Weight: 78.00g (sheath); Weight: 64.00g (fork); Weight: 66.0
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: cut; enamelled; engraved; embroidered; stamped; velvet
  • Subject: heraldry; bird; boat/ship; flower; insect
  • Registration number: WB.202
  • Production place: Made in Netherlands
  • Producer: Manner/Style of Le Blon, Michel
  • Material: steel; enamel; gold; pearl
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm