A Bow Knife, circa 1755
Of pistol-grip shape, the moulded blanc de chine decoration of this haft takes the form of festoons suspended from rococo C-scrolls. A band of acanthus leaves runs around the tapering haft, just above the scalloped silver ferrule. Fitted with a curved steel blade.
Provenance: The Darblay Collection, Paris; an English Private Collection.
Condition: Cracked and restuck. No other damage or restoration.
Dimensions: Length 25 cm (including blade)
A Review of Bow and Worcester Knife and Fork Hafts, Tony Stevenson (ECC Transactions, vol. 13, no. 3, 1989).
Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco – The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).