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Fork, Knife And Case (England)

This is a Fork, knife and case. It was made by Francis Higgins III and retailed by G. Wilson Barrett & Co.. It is dated 1884 and we acquired it in 1987. Its medium is cast and stamped, rolled and cut silver-gilt; leather, velvet, silk, satin (case). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Janet Mavec. It is credited Gift of Janet Mavec.

It has the following markings

Knife blade and fork tines marked with London leopard's head, lion passant sterling mark, Victoria head tax mark, date letter upper case Roman I in a shield punch, maker's mark FH with a dot below in heart-shaped punch.

It is inscribed

in gold letters on green silk cover interior, G. WILSON BARRETT & CO JEWELLERS & SILVERSMITHS 48, PICCADILLY, next door to Burlington House (smaller lower case around bottom)

Cite this object as

Fork, Knife And Case (England); Made by Francis Higgins III ; cast and stamped, rolled and cut silver-gilt; leather, velvet, silk, satin (case); Gift of Janet Mavec; 1987-77-1-a/c

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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