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Barrel-maker's knife

Barrel-maker's knife

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1702 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped and etched steel with cast gilt brass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114c, case 18, shelf 1

Physical description

Barrel maker's knife, the steel blade stamped with two unidentified maker's marks and dated '1702', etched with designs and verses including a depiction of men breaking open a barrel of beer. The cast gilt brass handle is in the form of a lion.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1702 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Stamped and etched steel with cast gilt brass

Marks and inscriptions

Date on blade.

Two maker's marks
Unidentified, stamped on blade.


Length: 23.7 cm overall, Width: 7.7 cm blade, Depth: 3.4 cm handle

Descriptive line

Barrel-maker's knife, steel blade etched with verses and designs including an image of men opening a barrel of beer, the lion-shaped handle of cast gilt brass, made in Germany, dated 1702

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

Mills, Rosie, "Images in Steel: The Art and Craft of Etched Decoration", The Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, Vol. 19, June 2011, pp. 82-91, ill. p. 88

Labels and date

COOPER'S KNIFE, steel and brass, Germany; dated 1702

Handle of cast gilt brass. Two unidentified stamped maker's marks on the blade. Etched with designs and verses. This side shows men breaking open a barrel of beer.

Museum No. 126-1873 [07/1994]


Steel; Brass (alloy)


Stamping (marking); Etching (corroding); Gilding; Casting

Subjects depicted

Lions (animals)


Metalwork; Ironwork; Tools & Equipment


Metalwork Collection

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