Eating Knife with a Handle of Brightly Coloured Venetian Murano Millefiore Glass
Eating Knife with a Handle of Brightly Coloured Venetian Murano Millefiore Glass
Eating Knife with a Handle of Brightly Coloured Venetian Murano Millefiore Glass

Eating Knife with a Handle of Brightly Coloured Venetian Murano Millefiore Glass

1600 to 1700 England

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A Fine Eating Knife with a Handle of Brightly Coloured Venetian Murano Millefiore Glass
A mean silver bolster the iron tapered blade with a near square tip ground to a shallow point, the blade marked with a copper inlaid ‘V’ and a dagger for the cutlers company of London, contained in its original punched leather carrying case
Mid 17th Century

Size: 23.5cm long – 9¼ ins long
Provenance: From the Roger Warner collection, Burford, Oxfordshire 1913-2008
Sold by his descendents at Auction 2009
It was a custom in England from the time of Henry VIII’s reign (1509-1547) to give a pair of knives as a part of the bridal trousseau, but the custom of giving knives has much a longer tradition on the European continent. The ‘Attestation of Knife’ was a practice in 14th Century France of presenting a purchaser with a knife when conveying property. The Cutlers company of London also have records dating from Elizabethan times of gifts of a pair of knives being presented to the wives of men who had helped the company.
Medium
Silver, Iron, copper and glass
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