victorian commemorative bread knife



| $393 USD | €334 EUR

Item Ref

Bread Knife 6734


A beautifully ornate commemorative bread knife. The main part of the blade bears a banner scroll in four segments, reading Peace & Plenty, Unity & Concord, with surrounding scroll decoration.
Writing along the bottom of the blade reads "Between Siam and Great Britain 1855".
The knife is commemorating the Bowring treaty of 1855, between Great Britain and Siam (now Thailand) signed by the Siamese king, and the British envoy and governor of Hong Kong, Sir John Bowring.
This treaty opened up Siam more freely to British trade, and explicitly recognized British power in the region.
The carved boxwood handle depicts a representation of plenty, in the form of a scantily clad woman with tied sheaves of wheat on her head.
Although primarily a commemorative piece, this knife was obviously also well used, as evidence by the wear to the cutting edge of the blade.
The maker's name is stamped in a section to the top right of the blade and reads: Moseley & Son, 17 & 18 New Street, Covent Garden, London.
13.5 inches high, 1.5 inches wide, 0.75 inches deep (34 cm high, 4 cm wide, 2 cm deep)
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Internal Ref: Bread Knife 6734


Height = 34 cm (14")
Width = 4 cm (2")
Depth = 2 cm (1")

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