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  • Knife
    Bry, Johann Theodor de, born 1561 - died 1623
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  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    1631 (dating)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bry, Johann Theodor de, born 1561 - died 1623 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel, silver and gilded silver

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Handle of silver with engraved designs, the engraved lines inlaid with black composition. The finial and bolster gilded. The handle is engraved on one side with an allegorical scene of Prudence (a scene which depicts Moses and the stone tablets of God's Ten Commandments, and in the foreground a seated man instructs a child with an open Bible; an angel above holds a crown over the man's head; the word 'IEHOVA' ('God') in the sky); below this scene is a squirrel and a naked woman seated, holding apples. On the other side of the handle, the allegorical figure of Beauty (a seated woman combs her hair and looks into a hand-held mirror; three cherubs around her: one holds a crown above her head, another beside her holds a bird, the third supports the mirror); below this scene is a squirrel and a naked woman, seated, who holds a palm leaf.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)


1631 (dating)


Bry, Johann Theodor de, born 1561 - died 1623 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Steel, silver and gilded silver

Marks and inscriptions



Length: 22 cm From tip of handle to tip of blade.

Descriptive line

Netherlands, silver and gilded silver with a steel blade, the handle dated 1631, the blade marked with cutler's mark 'B' a crown above.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hollstein, F. W. H., Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts c. 1450-1700, vol. IV (Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1951).

Production Note

Decoration after the style of Johann Theodor de Bry




Forging (metal forming); Engraving (incising); Gilding; Inlay (process)


Arms & Armour; Metalwork; Tools & Equipment; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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