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17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11108
Period: 17th Century
Year: Circa 1650
Silversmith:
Place: Continental
Price: $ 880.00
Weight: 220 grams
Dimensions: 20.7 cm knife, 17.5 cm fork
Condition: Very good. Some rust on knife blade and fork tines. Scabbard pin broken point. Tongue missing from fork. One tine slightly shorter than other.

Description: An interesting 17th century traveling knife and fork, in leather sheath, with matching pin in the front of the sheath (for attachment to belt?). The knife, fork and pin have lion heads with open mouth, made in brass or bronze above mixed material handles, dark grained wood, lighter carved wood, brass pins, circular plugs (yellow material), diamond steel, quite an attractive design. The steel blade has a distinctive makers mark, II IS with a cross in-between, with dots in triangular shape either end, some dots above and below as well (we welcome assistance with identification, thanks). The blade also has a hookat the handle end. The fork is 2 pronged, with a pierced heart shaped connection to handle, with engraving. The leather sheath is also lovely, finely decorated with scrolls, dots and zig-zags. This is not our area of expertise, but we have seen similar sets in the book "Eight Centuries of European Knives, Forks and Spoons by Klaus Marquardt, for example the 16th century Italian examples have very similar lion heads (items 183 and 184), and style wise they are similar to Swiss and central European examples (all assistance most welcome).
17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath
17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath

17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath
Lion head early knife and fork set

17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath
Finely decorated leather sheath - 17th century knive and fork

17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath
2 prong or tine travelling fork and knife set

17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath
3rd pin fork attachment to belt - note broken end

17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath
II cross IS makers mark on 17th century knife

17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath
Detail of handle - mixed material, wood, brass, silver

17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath
Detail of handle - mixed material, wood, brass, silver

17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath
17th Century Traveling Knife and Fork Set - Leather Sheath with scale

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