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Knife box

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775-85 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany veneer with silver mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Brigadier W. E. Clark CMG, DSO through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    W.65-1950

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 13, shelf 27

Knife cases stood on the sideboard, so that servants could set out fresh cutlery for each course. This box contains two sets of 12 knives and forks for the first course and for desserts, one carving knife and fork, and slots for six serving implements (missing). William Abdy was a specialist maker of hilts and handles. The cutlery may have been made by William Henry Looker, whose business was in Leadenhall Street.

Physical description

Knife box veneered in mahogany, cross-banded and inlaid with various wood. Sloping lid with silver handle in the centre. Serpentine front, silver hasp and escutcheon decorated with pierced scroll-work. The interior lined with red velvet and silver braid and divided into slots for cutleyr, containing 12 large and 12 small knives, 12 large and 12 small forks and a piar of carvers, all with silver handles by William Abdy.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1775-85 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany veneer with silver mounts

Marks and inscriptions

Crest

Town mark: London

Dimensions

Height: 38 cm, Width: 23 cm, Depth: 34.5 cm

Descriptive line

Knife box with sloping lid, mahogany veneer with silver mounts, containing cutlery. London, ca. 1775-85.

Labels and date

Knife case and flatware
Mahogany veneer inlaid with various woods and silver
London, around 1775
Cutler, mark of William Abdy
The knife blades marked LOOKER
Case mounts, unmarked

Knife cases stood on the sideboard, so that servants could set out fresh cutlery for each course. The box contains two sets of twelve knives and forks for the first course and for desserts, one carving knife and fork, and slots for six serving implements (missing). William Abdy was a specialised hilt and handles maker. The cutlery may have been made by William Henry Looker, whose business was in Leadenhall Street. [2006]

Materials

Mahogany; Silver

Techniques

Veneering

Categories

Containers; Food vessels & Tableware; Household objects; Furniture; Woodwork

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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