Knife

English (London)
1689–90
Marked by Peter Harache I (first mark entered 1698, free in 1682)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

Overall: 1.9 x 21.1 cm, 70 gm (3/4 x 8 5/16 in., 2.47 oz.)

Accession Number

64.705

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt, steel

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The knife has a tapering cylindrical handle with a bun-shaped terminus. It is engraved with scrolling foliage and acanthus leaf borders. The fork has four tines, a flattened stem, and a trefid terminus. The spoon has an oval bowl, a rat tail, and a flattened stem with a trefid terminus. The handles of the spoon and fork are engraved with scrolling foliage against a striated ground. The handle of the knife is formed of a seamed sheet, engraved, and gilt. The forged steel blade extends through the handle, and fits into a hole in the terminus of the silver. The spoon and fork are both forged from single pieces of silver, engraved and gilt.

Inscription

Engraved on each piece: M over GS; MK

Markings

On back of stem of fork and spoon, maker's mark PH a mullet between, a crescent below and two ermine spots and a crown above in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 150; rev. ed. 1989, p. 140); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter M

Provenance

Purchased from Fireston & Parson, Boston, May 13, 1964, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour