Serving Knife, handle of engraved ivory

Serving Knife, handle of engraved ivory

Serving Knife

Handle of engraved ivory, green stained horn, bone and brass; steel blade, engraved and partly gilded
Italy, 1500-50 (handle possibly later)
Inscribed in Latin 'The blessing of the table. May the three-in-one bless that which we are about to eat' and 'The saying of grace. We give thanks to you God for your generosity'

Knives with musical notes on the blades are known as notation knives. This one is etched with the first tenor's part of the blessing of the meal (to be sung before) and the giving of thanks after.