Knife and Fork, handles of horn

Knife and Fork, handles of horn

Knife and Fork

Handles of horn, mother-of-pearl and engraved brass, steel blades
Germany or Hungary, 1600-1700
Mark a 'V' over three lozenges (unidentified)

Mother-of-pearl was an ideal material for making handles. Its diverse colours shimmered, it was cheaper than ivory and it lasted longer as it did not dry and split. The knife and fork may be 'Habaner work', a term used for folk art made by refugees from the Austrian province of Tyrol who settled in Hungary during the religious wars of the 16th century.