Two-piece cutlery with agate handles

A rare set of English early 18th century Queen Anne period personal cutlery with agate handles and steel knife blade and fork, mounted with silver ferrules and preserved in their original tooled leather carrying case, is a unique and interesting piece of historical craftsmanship. If you are interested in learning more about the context, history, and significance of such a piece, here are some suggested further readings:
Suggested Further Reading :
Food: A Culinary History: A Culinary History from Antiquity to the Present (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism) The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760 Desmond Shawe-Taylor; Wolf Burchard
  1. “Food: A Culinary History: A Culinary History from Antiquity to the Present” by Jean-Louis Flandrin, Massimo Montanari, Albert Sonnenfeld (Editors) – This comprehensive book explores the history of food and culinary practices from ancient times to the present day. It delves into various cultural, social, and artistic aspects of food, including the history of cutlery and dining etiquette during different historical periods.
  2. “The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760” by Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Wolf Burchard – This book focuses on the artistic and cultural history of Britain during the reigns of the first four monarchs of the House of Hanover, including Queen Anne (1702-1714). It provides insights into the style, fashion, and artistic trends of the time, including the use of precious materials, such as agate, in decorative arts and personal objects.
  3. “Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies & Society” by Antigone Clarke and Joseph O’Kelly – While this book primarily focuses on antique boxes and tea caddies, it provides insights into the history of storage and transport of personal objects, including cutlery sets, and offers information on the tooled leather carrying case that accompanies the set.


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Two-piece cutlery with agate handles

Stock Number: 22034

A rare set of English early 18th century Queen Anne period personal facet cut agate handled cutlery with a steel knife blade and fork, mounted with silver ferrules, preserved in their original tooled leather carrying case.
  • Length: 21 cm (8.27 inches)


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  • Length: 21 cm (8.27 inches)


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