case, eating utensil
case, eating utensil

case, eating utensil


Accession Number
Alternate Name
a. Mahogany canteen with brass shield on the centre of the lid and at the keyhole on the front. Bottom is covered in leather. Inside is lined in royal blue wool. b. A removable tray with wool tabs for lifting it out has slots for three knives on either edge and six forks in the centre. Bottom is covered in a fine adhesive canvas. The bottom of the canteen holds the remaining cutlery in the same order. c. small metal key

This set of fish knives and forks in mahogany case bear the maker’s marks of William Hutton & Sons Ltd. of Sheffield, England and they date to 1901 or earlier.

During the late 19th century, it was not unusual for households the size of Craigdarroch to have several sets of fish knives and fish forks which the principal family would use from time to time. Extra sets would be put into service during balls, when 100 or more guests would be served supper. The engraved gauntleted arm clenching a sword is engraved onto the ivory handle of each piece in this set. The same design is found on the Audain family silver previously donated to Craigdarroch (2017.7.1). This might mean that this fish service was once owned by Guy Payne Audain and Sarah Byrd Audain (nee Dunsmuir), but cannot be proven.

History of Use
before 1901
5.5 x 34 x 26 cm
Tray: 2.3 cm x 32.6 cm x 23.5 cm key: 3.5 cm x 1.4 cm
Wood, mahogany; Fabric, wool; Metal, brass

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