Knife handle, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1760

 

This Worcester pistol-grip knife handle is painted in underglaze blue with the uncommon Formal Floral pattern. The small size would suggest it was used for eating game.

This style of painting with its foliate scrolls and stylised flowers is loosely based on those of French factories, such as St Cloud. The insect is a charming touch.

The curved steel blade is attached to the porcelain handle with a decorative silver ferrule.

Condition: Excellent - no cracks or restoration, just a small blemish beside the ferrule. The steel scimitar blade is good and sharp.

Dimensions: Length (including blade) 20.5 cm

Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751-1790, Branyan, French & Sandon, I.E.44 (Barrie & Jenkins, 1989).

Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero & John Sandon (Antique Collectors' Club, 1996).

 

     
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