A George III silver-mounted mahogany knife-box containing Dutch silver cutlery
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A George III silver-mounted mahogany knife-box containing Dutch silver cutlery

THE KNIFE-BOX, MARK OF JAMES WIBURD, LONDON, CIRCA 1770, THE DUTCH SPOONS AND FORKS, MARK OF JOHANNES KOOP, AMSTERDAM, 1745, THE KNIVES, AMSTERDAM, CIRCA 1775, MAKER'S MARK INDISTINCT

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A George III silver-mounted mahogany knife-box containing Dutch silver cutlery
The knife-box, mark of James Wiburd, London, circa 1770, the Dutch spoons and forks, mark of Johannes Koop, Amsterdam, 1745, the knives, Amsterdam, circa 1775, maker's mark indistinct
The knife-box with serpentine front, sloping cover and ebonized borders, on three silver claw-and-ball feet with pierced foliage above, with similar silver lock plate and drop-ring handles, with red velvet lining, enclosing:
twelve Dutch table-spoons, the tops of the stems with applied lambrequin and tassel, the reverse with shell and double drop, six later engraved with initial P, six with initial C beneath English viscount's coronet
twelve similar table-forks, the tops engraved with initial C beneath English viscount's coronet
twelve Dutch table-knives with steel blades, the fluted curved handles with beaded and interlaced scroll bands
the knife-box marked on lock plate, handles and some mounts, the spoons and forks on reverse, the knives on handle
the knife-box, 36.2 cm. (14¼ in.) high
the spoons and forks, 1558 gr. (50 oz.) (37)
Provenance
Willem J.R. Dreesmann, Amsterdam.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Amsterdam, 6 October 1981, lot 101 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. G-71).
Exhibited
Amsterdam, Museum Willet-Holthuizen, Amsterdams Goud en Zilver, 1950, no. 105.
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