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Knife

Artist or maker:
Unknown
Date:
c 1625-c 1650
Place of production:
Königsberg?, Germany
Medium:
steel, ivory, amber and brass
Type of object:
knives (cutting tools)
Accession number:
3095

Commentary

Several small amber knives feature in Waddesdon's collection. Ferdinand de Rothschild acquired two similar knives (acc. nos 3094, 3098). They were displayed in the Smoking Room in 1899 - after the Waddesdon Bequest items had left for the British Museum, London. This knife was not one of those, suggesting it was a later acquisition in the same vein by his sister Alice.

Phillippa Plock, 2016

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
194 x 19 x 15; 102 x 12 (blade exc. bolster); weight 36g.
Marks:
[heart]
Maker's mark
[on blade, stamped, cutler's mark]
Inscriptions:
VERTRAV . GOTT . HALT . SEIN . GEBOT
Inscription
[on handle, inlaid]
Translation of inscription:
Trust God, Keep His Commandment

History

Provenance:
Acquired most probably by Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); accepted by The Treasury Solicitor in lieu of taxes on the Estate of Mr James de Rothschild in 1963; given to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1963.
Collection:
Waddesdon (National Trust)
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust for display at Waddesdon Manor, 1963

Bibliography

Bibliography

Claude Blair, Anthony Blunt; The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Arms, Armour and Base-Metalwork; Fribourg; Office du Livre; 1974; pp. 439-41, cat. no. 193, ill.

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