This delightful Georgian sterling silver fruit or butter knife was produced in England during the early 19th century, in the year 1831. This William IV period knife was produced by the Sheffield based silversmith George Hardisty. The highly decorative handle is constructed from sterling silver ribs interspersed with stained green bone panels and terminating with an ornate Rococo scroll. The original blade is constructed from steel. This knife is photographed in the last image with a similar period silver agate fork, each retailed separately - they make a handsome pair!
The knife is full hallmarked with the following marks:
Manufacturers mark ‘G H’ George Hardisty
Crown, Sheffield assay office.
Lion Passant, sterling silver mark.
Date letter ‘h’ 1831.
Measuring: Width 7 inch (18 cm) by 5/8 inch (1.5 cm).
Weight: 35g (1.2 oz).
Condition: A very minor wobble where knife and handle join and a few teeny nibbles to the bone ends.
This is a decorative item, a quality pieces by a rare maker. A unique gift for a chef, restaurateur or cookery enthusiast.
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