Knife and Fork, handles of ivory

Knife and Fork, handles of ivory

Knife and Fork

Handles of ivory, silver piqué work and red and green painted enamel; steel blades
London, England, dated 1698
Mark of Ephraim How (died 1720)
Inscribed 'Richard Rider December ye 9th 1698'

Ephraim How and his son John ran a successful and productive cutlery factory. They standardised their designs, employed a large workforce and harnessed local water power. They sold from their shop on Saffron Hill near Clerkenwell in London. Ephraim How became master of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers in 1706.