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Sheath For Fork And Knife (Netherlands)

This is a Sheath for fork and knife. It is dated 1555 and we acquired it in 1985. Its medium is fruitwood, silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Eleanor L. Metzenberg. It is credited The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg.

Its dimensions are

H (Sheath): 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.) L x W (mount): 3.1 x 2.4 cm (1 1/4 x 15/16 in.)

It has the following markings

One side carved with initials W.G.W., possibly mark of workshop/maker

Cite this object as

Sheath For Fork And Knife (Netherlands); fruitwood, silver; H (Sheath): 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.) L x W (mount): 3.1 x 2.4 cm (1 1/4 x 15/16 in.); The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg; 1985-103-29-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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