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Oak, ivory and steel – a cutlers mark still visible
Early 16th Century
Size: 19 cm long – 7 ½ ins long
Provenance: From the collection of the late Dick Moy, Greenwich, London
Reputed to have been found in the mud of the River Thames, London
Most early knives come from the ground, or the sludge of rivers as does this example, and their provenance is revealed by the corrosion of the blade. Representations of early knives can be found in paintings and woodcuts of the period. The acorn knop carved in oak to the finial on this example suggests an English origin and the ivory insert to the handle, that it belonged to a person of wealth.
|Height||19.00 cm||(7.48 inches)|