Pair of wedding knives V&A M.12 to B-1950; dated to 1638; The finial of the octagonal handle is silver filigree, above convex drop-shaped clear amber panel over a white amber profile bust of a man, set against foil. In the central section clear amber panels over painted foil alternate with ivory strips. The foil is decorated with designs of coursing dogs and other animals.
Date: ca. 1320–40 Geography: Made in Paris, France Culture: French Medium: Ivory Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 4 in. (7.9 x 21.6 x 10.1 cm) Top: 8 1/2 x 4 x 1/2 in. (21.6 x 10.2 x 1.3 cm) Classification: Ivories Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 Accession Number: 17.190.177a, b