For years, I have been collecting beautiful French Ivory-handled knives and forks. When I first started collecting them, I’d find one knife. Then a few months later, I’d find another knife. And then I found a fork. But that all changed when I moved to the UK, where these pieces are very common and available in every antique/charity shop.
Recently, however, I bought a cache of mother-of-pearl handled cutlery and I am mad for it now! Mother-of-Pearl is also called MOP because that’s way easier than spelling it all out!
How gorgeous is this set of knives and forks! I adore the ferns. I’d never seen anything like these. There were dozens of pieces in the lot that I bought, and clearly, I can’t use them all. So they’re headed off to my Etsy shop starting this week. Here are some of the other pieces I got.
Each piece is so exquisite and beautifully made. Most of the ferrules are silver, either marked Sterling for American pieces, or hallmarked for the English ones. Some of the knife blades are marked “Cutlers to Her Majesty” with a VR on them, too!
I am still going through the sets and as I do, I discover how unique each and every one is!