French Gold and Rosewood Dessert or Fruit Knife
French Gold and Rosewood Dessert or Fruit Knife

French Gold and Rosewood Dessert or Fruit Knife

1700 to 1800 France

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A Fine French Gold and Rosewood Dessert or Fruit Knife
With its original green fish skin case with hinged cover (distressing to fish skin)
Circa 1760-80

Size: 19cm long – 7½ ins long
The fact that the most varied, the most sought after, and most fragile materials were used in the production of cutlery until well into the 19th century confirms the view that people continued to use their fingers for eating until relatively recently. Manufactured cutlery sets signalled the decline in personal cutlery although it continued to be given as a prestigious gift, or brought by the well-to-do for use as a travelling item. Because gold was intrinsically so valuable, it was only used for particularly costly cutlery and gold items are therefore rare.

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Wood, Gold, Shagreen
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