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  • Place of origin:

    Catalonia (made)

  • Date:

    1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Llorens, Paulus (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass, bone

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Metalware, Room 116, The Belinda Gentle Gallery, case DR8

This knife has hinges where the blade joins the handle. The arrows on the dials have to be set to the right combination for the knife to be opened. The design of a piece of cutlery often says something about its purpose. Marks and inscriptions can offer further clues as to origin, date and perhaps even a personal story.

Some sets of cutlery were made as gifts or in commemoration of special events. Others were designed to be portable and were engraved with their owner's name. Some simply show the mark of the cutler who made or sold them. These marks were registered with the cutlers' companies or guilds that were established to control standards.

Physical description

Combination knife with a handle of brass and bone. The dials have to be set to the right combination for the blade to be opened. Date under the dial formed as a moon.

Place of Origin

Catalonia (made)


1699 (made)


Llorens, Paulus (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Brass, bone

Marks and inscriptions

In the town of Olot of the principality of Catalonia, Paulus Llorens made this knife for Joanni Zarza, priest of the town of Logrosan in token of gratitude.
Inscribed in Spanish

23 October 1699
Inscribed in Latin


Length: 20.5 cm open, Width: 2.9 cm maximum, open

Descriptive line

Combination knife with handle of brass and bone, Olot, Spain, dated 1699.


Brass; Bone; Steel


Metalwork; Eating; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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