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).