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Presentoir

Presentoir

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1600-20 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Credit Line:

    Lt. Col. G. B. Croft-Lyons Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.920-1926

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA11

This flat-bladed knife and robust fork served fine morsels of raw meat to distinguished guests of the hunt. A huntsman's 'trousse', a multi-socketed sheath worn on his belt, contained a variety of tools, decorated to match. Saws and cleavers cut bone. Delicate knives and bodkins cut and skewered small pieces of meat which were offered on the presentoir.

Place of Origin

Germany (possibly, made)

Date

1600-20 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Marks and inscriptions

On one side of the handle, in Latin:
'AMICICIA'
On the other side of the handle, in Latin:
'ET EXTERIVS'
'Friendship outwardly, too'
Or possibly a garbled version of 'AMICICIA ET EXTERIIS', 'friendship even for
strangers'

Dimensions

Length: 53.5 cm, Length: 40.2 cm blade, Depth: 2.9 cm, Width: 9.2 cm

Object history note

This flat-bladed knife with its robust fork served fine morsels of raw meat to distinguished guests of the hunt. A huntsman's 'trousse', a multi-socketed sheath worn on his belt, contained a variety of tools, decorated to match. Saws and cleavers cut bone. Delicate knives and bodkins cut and skewered small pieces of meat which were offered on the presentoir.

Descriptive line

Germany, ca. 1600-20, handle of ivory and amber over foil painted with figures and inscriptions. Cutlery.

Materials

Ivory

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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