English, hallmark not attributed

Pair of Knife Cases

Date: 1770

In elegant English and American dining rooms of the 1700s and 1800s, prized cutlery and other utensils resided in elaborately ornamented receptacles. The cases stored all types of eating implements; however, because knives were considered the most important, the cases were called knife cases. Inside, knives, spoons, and sometimes forks fit into specially cut slots. Displayed on the tops of sideboards, knife cases always appeared in pairs, either of the slanted-lid type seen here or of a tall, circular, vase-shaped form.

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Medium: Mahogany and silver

Inscriptions: Silver mounts marked: “IW”

Dimensions: H: 14 1/4 x W: 8 7/8 x D: 9 in.

Place: London, England

Accession: 0570.1-2

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Silver - English

Tags: London , Knife , Cases , Mahogany , Silver

Purchased May 1, 1957 from Leonard Knight, Ltd.