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Sterling silver ‘Skull’ carving set, 1935

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A highly unusual carving set, the knife and fork with silver mounted bone handles and detailed skull finials cast in Sterling silver with sharpened steel blades, made for luxury retailer Asprey, the knife blade is stamped GEORGE IBBERSON SHEFFIELD. Bearing English hallmarks for 1935, the carving set comes complete with a green glazed calfskin presentation case.

Length of knife: 17 inches (43 cm)
Length of fork: 12 inches (30 cm)

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

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