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Paper knives

  • Place of origin:

    Ahmedabad (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1855 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Agate, bloodstone, brecciated agate, jasper & moss agate, cut & polished using abrasives

  • Museum number:

    08265:1/(IS) to 08265:14/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Agate and jasper are closely related materials that are tough and durable, with many attractive varieties. These properties make them ideal materials for the production of attractive but functional items such as these paper knives. They were produced in Ahmedabad in Gujarat State, India in the mid- to late 19th century and the city continues to be a major gem cutting and trade centre.

Physical description

A collection of 14, single-piece paper knives in a variety of sizes, shapes & colours.

Place of Origin

Ahmedabad (made)

Date

c. 1855 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Agate, bloodstone, brecciated agate, jasper & moss agate, cut & polished using abrasives

Dimensions

Length: 187.0 mm 08265:1/(IS) +/- 0.5, Width: 29.65 & 31.0 mm 08265:1/(IS), Thickness: 3.1 mm 08265:1/(IS) +/- 0.4, Length: 183.0 mm 08265:2/(IS) +/- 0.5, Width: 28.7 & 29.2 mm 08265:2/(IS), Thickness: 3.4 mm 08265:2/(IS) +/- 0.2, Length: 131.8 mm 08265:3/(IS), Width: 28.1 & 18.1 mm 08265:3/(IS), Thickness: 4.0 mm 08265:3/(IS) +/- 0.3, Length: 120.45 mm 08265:4/(IS), Width: 28.6 & 18.7 mm 08265:4/(IS), Thickness: 3.4 mm 08265:4/(IS) +/- 0.4, Length: 114.55 mm 08265:5/(IS), Width: 15.6 & 17.6 mm 08265:5/(IS), Thickness: 3.2 mm 08265:5/(IS) +/- 0.5, Length: 116.5 mm 08265:6/(IS), Width: 17.2 & 17.9 mm 08265:6/(IS), Thickness: 3.9 mm 08265:6/(IS) +/- 0.6, Length: 106.3 mm 08265:7/(IS), Width: 23.2 & 16.3 mm 08265:7/(IS), Thickness: 3.0 mm 08265:7/(IS) +/- 0.2, Length: 107.3 mm 08265:8/(IS), Width: 20.15 & 16.75 mm 08265:8/(IS), Thickness: 3.3 mm 08265:8/(IS) +/- 0.4, Length: 111.3 mm 08265:9/(IS), Width: 20.25 & 19.6 mm 08265:9/(IS), Thickness: 2.5 mm 08265:9/(IS) +/- 0.2, Length: 113.1 mm 08265:10/(IS), Width: 18.7 & 18.1 mm 08265:10/(IS), Thickness: 2.8 mm 08265:10/(IS), Length: 113.5 mm 08265:11/(IS), Width: 17.25 & 16.25 mm 08265:11/(IS), Thickness: 2.4 mm 08265:11/(IS) +/- 0/.2, Length: 139.5 mm 08265:12/(IS) +/- 0.5, Width: 19.3 & 20.4 mm 08265:12/(IS), Thickness: 3.7 mm 08265:12/(IS) +/- 0.5, Length: 151.0 mm 08265:13/(IS) +/- 0.5, Width: 19.8 & 18.9 mm 08265:13/(IS), Thickness: 3.9 mm 08265:13/(IS) +/- 0.5, Length: 109.8 mm 08265:14/(IS), Width: 19.40 & 18.35 mm 08265:14/(IS), Thickness: 3.2 mm 08265:14/(IS) +/- 0.2

Object history note

These paper knives were made in Ahmedabad in the mid-19th century. They were formerly in The India Museum in London and then transferred to the South Kensington Museum (later renamed The Victoria & Albert Museum) in 1879.

Descriptive line

A collection of 14 assorted, single-piece paper knives, fashioned from various agates and jaspers,, Ahmedabad India, 19th century

Materials

Agate; Bloodstone; Brecciated agate; Jasper; Moss agate

Categories

Gemstones; Hardstone; Stationery

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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