Elizabethan eating knife with integral tooth-pick.

A Tudor era eating knife from the 1540's to 1590's, hilted in ebony, with one-piece steel bolster and an integral tooth-pick which fits into the end of the hilt.

Knives of this fashion begin appearing around the time of the reign of Edward VI, and rise in popularity during that of Mary I. They seem to have reached their heyday in the early reign of Elizabeth I, before gradual changes in fashion into the 17th century. 

Such a knife could have been used solely for the table, or carried for regular use.
This example does not have a sheath, as such items were very dependant on the owner's gender - men's knives tending to be in an open-ended sheath, women's being a two-piece construction, often faced in decorated textile work which was worn from a girdle belt.

If you wish to have a sheath made for it, please contact me for more information and a revised price.  

Sale price: £120.00

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