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On display at V&A South Kensington
Metalware, Room 116, The Belinda Gentle Gallery

Knife

1699 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brass, bone
Brief Description
Combination knife with handle of brass and bone, Olot, Spain, dated 1699.
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.
Dimensions
  • Open length: 20.5cm
  • Maximum, open width: 2.9cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • (Inscribed in Spanish)
  • (Inscribed in Latin)
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
617-1899

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record createdFebruary 4, 2005
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