These are folding knives first made about 1780 used for peeling and cutting fruit, especially on picnics. Most have a sterling silver blade, but sometimes the blades are gold or silver plate. Handles are most commonly mother of pearl, although fruit knives are also available with ivory, horn and tortoiseshell handles. They also come boxed so they can be given as a gift, either singly, or in a set with a fork, when they are often called "paring sets".
Hallmarked sterling silver melange of cutlery consisting of a spoon of celtic design. London, 1910, maker Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd. Length 26 cm. Weight 100g. A sterling silver serving fork. Maker Simons brother & Co. Length 22 cm. Weight 70g. A st
A Victorian personal fruit knife with sterling silver blade and mother of pearl handle, maker Jyc, Sheffield 1886, with stylised Crown and leaf decoration, complete in original morocco presentation case, retailer Mappin & Webb.
Large enamel Necessaire, late 18th century, Staffordshire of tapering form, painted with figures by a lakeside palace, a courting couple and floral bouquets, reserved against a pink ground with raised white and gilt ornament, gilt-metal mounts, the interio
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