Knife, handle of porcelain (soft-paste)

Knife, handle of porcelain (soft-paste)

Knife

Handle of porcelain (soft-paste), painted enamel decoration and silver, steel blade
London, England, about 1756 (blade about 1850)
Handle made in the Bow factory, blade marked 'STAMMERS 99 STRAND LONDON'

Porcelain from China was so popular that European factories tried to imitate it. They could not immediately replicate the recipe for true Chinese porcelain (hard-paste), but devised substitutes known as 'soft-pastes'. Soft-paste factories at Bow and Chelsea produced ceramic knife handles in various patterns and styles from about 1750.