Knife, Chelsea, soft paste porcelain, c.1750
This large Chelsea white porcelain haft is moulded with entwined flowering branches.
Fitted in the Nineteenth Century as a paper knife with an ornate, foliate-engraved gilt-metal scimitar blade and ferrule.
Provenance: An English Private Collection.
Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration, just some minor sanding from manufacture.
Dimensions: Length 28 cm (including blade)
A Review of Chelsea, Chelsea-Derby and Derby Knife and Fork Hafts, Tony Stevenson (ECC Transactions, vol. 14, no. 1, 1990).
Chelsea Porcelain, Elizabeth Adams (Barrie & Jenkins, 1987).
Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco - The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).
Ref. In his Review of Chelsea, Chelsea-Derby and Derby Knife and Fork Hafts, Tony Stevenson mentions an unglazed handle waster of this form found at the Longton Hall factory site, and now at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.
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