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'Skull' carving set

A highly unusual carving set, the knife and fork with silver mounted ivory handles and detailed skull finials cast in Sterling silver with sharpened steel blades, the knife blade stamped GEORGE IBBERSON SHEFFIELD.

Bearing English hallmarks to the mounts for 1935, complete with original fitted case (not shown).

Length of knife: 17 inches (43 cm), length of fork: 12 inches (30 cms).

The symbol of the skull has no shortage of cultural and artistic interpretations. It has been used as a symbol of change, to invoke fear, and a means of welcoming good (or bad) luck – or in the case of this carving set, simply as pure decoration.

Price Code: £££

Reference: 6000

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