A Chelsea Knife, circa 1750-52
This large white knife haft is moulded with a lily rising from radiating scrolled leaves at the base. Fitted with a steel blade and a scalloped silver ferrule. The blade is stamped GRAY or BRAY.
Provenance: An English Private Collection.
Condition: A small section has been restuck close to the ferrule, and there is a short, faint hairline.
Dimensions: Length 28.5 cm (including blade)
A Review of Chelsea, Chelsea, Derby and Derby Knife and Fork Hafts, Tony Stevenson (ECC Transactions, vol. 14, no. 1, 1990).
Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco – The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).