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Cutlery set

Cutlery set

  • Place of origin:

    Augsburg (made)

  • Date:

    1690-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Holeisen, Johann Christoph (made)

  • Museum number:

    495toB-1902

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In the 17th century it was not yet common for hosts to provide cutlery when entertaining guests to dinner. Most people of rank had their own personal eating implements, usually a knife and spoon, with a fork increasingly included towards the end of the century, which were carried in a fitted case. Filigree, which became highly fashionable in Europe in the second half of the 17th century, was often used to decorate these expensive implements.

This set of cutlery was discovered in a secret drawer of an old cabinet at Christchurch Mansion, on the outskirts of Ipswich, where Charles II was known to have stayed. It was traditionally believed that this cutlery set was once owned by Charles II, but the marks show that it was not made until after his death.

Physical description

Cutlery set comprising knife, fork and spoon with tapering handles formed of open filigree in two vertical halves, joined by a strip of twisted wire, with a domed rosette cap at the top.

Place of Origin

Augsburg (made)

Date

1690-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Holeisen, Johann Christoph (made)

Object history note

This set of cutlery was discovered in a secret drawer of an old cabinet at Christchurch Mansion, on the outskirts of Ipswich where Charles II was known to have stayed. It is possible but not proven that this cutlery set was once owned by Charles II.

Descriptive line

Cutlery set comprising knife, fork and spoon with silver filigree handles, Augsburg (Germany), 1690-1700.

Materials

Steel; Silver

Techniques

Filigree; Forging

Categories

Metalwork; Tools & Equipment; Accessories; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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