Handle of iron, carved jet and gold wire, steel blade
Mark of John Jencks (active from about 1606-20) or Joseph Jencks (active from about 1622)
Cutlers' marks were not exclusive and could be passed on. The thistle on this knife belonged to John Jencks from 1606 until about 1620 when he died. It then became the mark of Joseph Jencks (possibly his son) about 1622. In 1656 it was the mark of John Arnold and in 1664 it was passed to George Arnold, possibly the son of John.