Knife haft, Chelsea, soft paste porcelain, Red Anchor period, c.1755

 

Both sides of the flattened pistol haft are moulded with a panel, picked out with a gilt line. These panels contain a colourful floral spray and a smaller sprig, painted in the style of Meissen deutsche Blumen. The narrow sides are painted with scattered sprigs. Fitted with a silver ferrule, the steel blade is stamped with a cutler's mark of a star.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: There is some wear to the gilt line decoration, two fine cracks to the haft, and minute abbrasions to the glazed surface. No other damage and no restoration.

Dimensions: Length 23.3 cm (including blade)

Chelsea Porcelain, Elizabeth Adams (Barrie & Jenkins, 1987).

Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco - The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).

 

   
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