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c1785 Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Folding Knife & Fork
  • c1785 Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Folding Knife & Fork
  • c1785 Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Folding Knife & Fork
  • c1785 Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Folding Knife & Fork
  • c1785 Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Folding Knife & Fork
  • c1785 Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Folding Knife & Fork
  • c1785 Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Folding Knife & Fork
  • c1785 Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Folding Knife & Fork

c1785 Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Folding Knife & Fork

Price:

£580.00


Product Description

An extremely rare George III Sterling Silver and Tortoiseshell Pique Folding Fruit Knife & Fork.

The blade of the knife and tines of the fork are decorated with crisp bright cut designs, as are the silver tops of the handles. The tortoiseshell panels are beautifully shaped and are inlaid with stylised flower heads and oval shaped cartouches engraved with the contemporary script initials LC & MS on either side. The blades are clearly marked with the duty mark head of George III, the lion sterling mark and the maker’s mark I.G. The G is quite distinctive which coincides in shape with that of John Green & Co. and later, John Green, Roberts, Mosley & Co. cartouche, except that it doesn’t have the ‘& Co’. This would date it to around the 1786-90 period. There isn’t a date stamp or Assay house mark. The knife and fork set was most probably used when travelling and could be folded away when not in use. Both pieces are in excellent condition. There is a bit of bruising to the silver on the bottom of the knife. Tortoiseshell pique examples are most unusual.

Size closed: 8.25 fork & 8.75 cm (3 ¼ & 3 7/16 inches)
Size open: 15.25 & 16 cm (6 & 6 ¼ inches)
Weight: 47 g

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