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Set of Six 19th Century Silver Plate Tea Knives In Case

Heading : Set of six tea knives
Date : 1850
Period : 19th Century
Origin :
Features :
Plain red stained bone handles. Shagreen effect covered box
Size : Box 2.5cm tall 19.4cm long and 15.3cm wide
Condition :
Age related wear as shown
Restoration : None
Weight : 384 grams combined

Until the 17th century, it was the custom for guests to bring their personal cutlery, but by the 18th century knives and forks were provided in matching sets by the host. The basic form of knives and forks had also become standardised by this date.
By the end of the 18th century the standard pistol-shaped handle gave way to straighter, flat-ended "hafts". Forks generally had shorter hafts.

The 18th century knife blade is usually of sabre, or scimitar, shape being widest at the tip of the blade. By the Regency period knife blades had straightened but the tip of the blade was still the widest part. The steel blades and shanks have a 'tang' or rod at the base that fits into the hollow bone handle, which is then packed with resin. The junction between haft and blade is fitted with a small metal collar, or 'ferrule'.

Hafts were most frequently stained green, red is a rarer alternate.

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  • Product Code: 2017120142
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  • £60.00

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