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wedding-knife / wedding-fork / sheath

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  • Description

    Wedding knife and fork; gold enamelled handles; purple velvet sheath embroidered with gold thread and seed pearls; knife handle engraved on one side and filled with enamel, scrolls, birds and insects; ship on top with flag of Holland; other face similar but with shield of arms, including fleur-de-lis; upper end cut into scroll form; fork similar but with two clasped hands supporting a balance; different shield of arms with fleur-de-lis; sheath with formal floral patterns, part under cap stamped in gold with clasped hands holding a heart flaming; suspension loops; inscribed.


  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1600 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 31 centimetres (sheath)
    • Length: 21.4 centimetres (fork)
    • Length: 20.9 centimetres (knife)
    • Width: 4.2 centimetres (sheath)
    • Width: 2.2 centimetres (fork)
    • Width: 2.1 centimetres (knife)
    • Depth: 3.5 centimetres (sheath)
    • Depth: 0.9 centimetres (fork and knife)
    • Weight: 78 grammes (sheath)
    • Weight: 64 grammes (fork)
    • Weight: 66 grammes (knife)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Als die d'in stormen swart, Na een veijlich hauen spoet Soo tracht t'onsteken hart, Na het geen hem lieven doet
      • Inscription Translation

        As in black storms one steers to a safe port, so the lover's heart seeks the fire that kindled its flame.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Salich en seer hgerust, De bonden syn vant houlyk Als d'een smaect d'anders lust, en last oock droecht getroulyck
      • Inscription Translation

        The bonds of wedlock are sacred and light to bear when pains and pleasures are faithfully shared.
  • Curator's comments

    Provenance: None is recorded.

    Commentary: This type of knife handles is a favourite one of Le Blon, and the ornament is much in his style.

    Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 202, pl.XLIII; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.202.


  • Bibliography

    • Read 1902 202 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1927 202 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G2a/dc3

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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