EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SET OF TWELVE CHARLES II SILVER-HANDLED PURITAN KNIVES
Marks : TS a bird below within a shield, London, c1667-86
Provenance : Stobhall, Perth, Scotland
The round tapering silver handles of Puritan form, each with arms seal engraved to the ends; six with mid-18th century scimitar II blades marked GIBBS; six with modern stainless replacement scimitar blades (the 6 removed 18th century carbon steel scimitar II GIBBS blades present and quite usable); (the original blades would have been carbon steel and slightly tapering with a short point to the tip); most with legible maker’s marks TS a bird below within a shield (mark found on small porringer, 1667-8, Jackson’s p.127; trefid spoons of 1682,1684, 1686; maker listed as “unidentified”
Viscount Strathallan, 17th Earl of Perth, Stobhall, Perth, Scotland
Both shields are for Henry Neale and his wife
Anna Maria Hanbury of Freckenham, Suffolk. Henry Neale bought
Allesley Park, near Coventry, Warwickshire in 1692 and in due course
served as Minister of Parliament for Coventry.
Sothebys, London, 19th November, 1964, to How
(Of Edinburgh Ltd).
Stobhall has been the ancestral home for the Drummond family since 1397.
Its illustrious history is a strong Jacobite one, with whom the Drummonds sided. It
has been the home for romance and the ancestress to all the future sovereigns of
Scotland and the United Kingdom., been confiscated by the Cromwellians during the
Civil War, sheltered Bonnie Prince Charles, and seized by the British Crown.
It is with great pleasure that we offer these rare table knives from this collection.
Lengths : 10.75" (with Gibbs Blades) / 9.75" (with Replaced Blades)
Weights : Each at 4.6 oz (with Gibbs) / 4.8 oz. (with Replacements)
(A RELATED SET OF 6 17th CENTURY PURITAN KNIVES FROM STOBHALL AVAILABLE)
Shown above is one knife with the Gibbs blade, c1730-50, and one with a replaced Scimitar blade.
The additional Gibbs blades are in excellent condition and can easily be replaced, if desired. They are a long part of their history.
Gibbs is a well known cutler, working in London throughout the 18th century. A 1794 Directory of London craftsmen
shows their address as 137 New Bond, London.
Heraldry Courtesy of John Tunesi of Liongam
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Also See :
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Knives, Crested for Sandwith, 10" Long
Rare Set of 8 Late 17th Century Cheese Knives
England, remains of a crest, 8.25" Long
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Rare Set 12 Charles II Silver-Handled Puritan Knives, TS a bird below, London, c1667-86, arms for Henry Neale and his wife Anna Maria Hanbury of Freckenham, Suffolk