Knife with an exceptional handle

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Late 16th century
Ivory, amber, ebony, iron, brass
23 cm

J. van Trigt, Cutlery. From Gothic to Art Deco, The J. Hollander Collection, Antwerpen 2003, p.133, cat. no. 222.

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The extraordinary handle of the knife is composed of eleven stacked parts, consisting of ebony, amber and ivory, with thin brass rings in between. The handle is slightly tapered and octagonal. Three parts are decorated with eight small round nails, the two lower ivory parts have eight carved circles. The amber parts show a rich variation of colour.

The knife's blade tapers into a central point, with a straight back and curved cutting edge. There is a baluster-shaped knot between the handle and the blade.  

See also a knife and vork in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 93.13.42.


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