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Made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Knife.
© National Museums Scotland


This silver knife was made by Edinburgh silversmith Patrick Roberston, around 1770. The knife is known as a pistol-grip knife from the style of the handle.

The handle of the knife is decorated with rococo scrolls and a stylised leaf.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, making cutlery, or flatware, was the mainstay of many Scottish silversmiths. As eating habits became more sophisticated cutlery items were produced in greater numbers and had an increasingly diverse range of patterns.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-986-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 845.1
Date: Around 1770
Material: Silver. Inscription: Crest / CORDA SERATA PANDO; thistle; King's head [R]; PR
Dimensions: 212 mm L
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Patrick Robertson, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver knife with handle decorated with rococo scrolls and a stylized leaf, by Patrick Robertson, Edinburgh, inscribed with a crest and motto "Corda Serata Pando"
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