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Knife Collection

"Unveiling the Artistry: The Knife's Timeless Tale" Step into the world of history and art as we explore the diverse roles and symbolism of the humble knife

Background imageKnife Collection: Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618

Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618
Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). Spanish Baroque painter. The Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Background imageKnife Collection: In a Roman Osteria, 1866 (oil on canvas)

In a Roman Osteria, 1866 (oil on canvas)
XOS1273911 In a Roman Osteria, 1866 (oil on canvas) by Bloch, Carl (1834-90); 148.5x177.5 cm; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark; Danish, out of copyright

Background imageKnife Collection: Bookbinding Tools 1875

Bookbinding Tools 1875
Various tools used in bookbinding, including a pair of compasses, a mallet, presses, a knife, a set square, needle and thread, and a gouge

Background imageKnife Collection: The Cherokee chief Kanagagota (Standing Turkey) painted, 1762, in London by Francis Parsons

The Cherokee chief Kanagagota (Standing Turkey) painted, 1762, in London by Francis Parsons
PARSONS: CHEROKEE, 1762. The Cherokee chief Kanagagota (Standing Turkey) painted, 1762, in London by Francis Parsons

Background imageKnife Collection: The Tea Table, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)

The Tea Table, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
Oil painting on canvas, Newlyn School, 1920. The painting shows a mealtime scene around the kitchen table. A traditional Cornish range is pictured in the background

Background imageKnife Collection: Knights of medieval Germany

Knights of medieval Germany
German knights in armor from 1300, 1315, and 1360. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageKnife Collection: Advertisement for meat from the American Meat Institute, 1945

Advertisement for meat from the American Meat Institute, 1945
AD: MEAT, 1945. Advertisement for meat from the American Meat Institute, 1945

Background imageKnife Collection: The kitchen of Delmonicos Restaurant, New York City. Photographed by Joseph Byron, 1902

The kitchen of Delmonicos Restaurant, New York City. Photographed by Joseph Byron, 1902
DELMONICOs RESTAURANT. The kitchen of Delmonicos Restaurant, New York City. Photographed by Joseph Byron, 1902

Background imageKnife Collection: Last Conversation between St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, 15th century (fresco)

Last Conversation between St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, 15th century (fresco)
LRI4690611 Last Conversation between St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, 15th century (fresco) by Umbrian School, (15th century); Monastero di San Benedetto (Santuario Sacro Spero), Subiaco, Rome

Background imageKnife Collection: Owl and foxes carrying food on a Christmas card

Owl and foxes carrying food on a Christmas card
An owl and three foxes carrying a roast bird, cutlery and holly through the snow on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageKnife Collection: French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday

French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday, 13 July 1793
DAVID: THE DEATH OF MARAT. French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday, 13 July 1793. Oil on canvas, 1793, by Jacques Louis David

Background imageKnife Collection: Enraged Musician / Hogarth

Enraged Musician / Hogarth
THE ENRAGED MUSICIAN A ballad singer, a screeching parrot, a piper, a drummer, a barking dog, a knife grinder, fighting cats and other noises disturb his violin practice

Background imageKnife Collection: Leather making and tannery tools

Leather making and tannery tools
Various tools used in tannery and leather making, including a knife, pincers and a hook

Background imageKnife Collection: Anger (Ira), from the series of the The Seven Deadly Sins, engraved

Anger (Ira), from the series of the The Seven Deadly Sins, engraved
XJF175730 Anger (Ira), from the series of the " The Seven Deadly Sins", engraved by Pieter van der Heyden (c.1530-72) and published by Hieronymus Cock (c.1510-70)

Background imageKnife Collection: Different type of Tuscan salami, Tuscany, Italy

Different type of Tuscan salami, Tuscany, Italy

Background imageKnife Collection: Market Reports - English Country Squire carves the beef

Market Reports - English Country Squire carves the beef
Market Reports illustrated (Postcard series): MEAT: " English beef was in fine condition." This report on English beef (as a commodity traded on the Stock Exchange)

Background imageKnife Collection: Grizzly bear attacking a Pawnee hunter

Grizzly bear attacking a Pawnee hunter
Pawnee Indian and his horse attacked by grizzly bears, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageKnife Collection: Bresaola, air-dried salted beef, Valtellina, Val Telline, Lombardy, Italy, Europe

Bresaola, air-dried salted beef, Valtellina, Val Telline, Lombardy, Italy, Europe

Background imageKnife Collection: Various coopers tools

Various coopers tools
Various tools used by a cooper or barrel maker, including mallets, a hammer, a hatchet and a knife

Background imageKnife Collection: Tools used by a saddler and upholsterer

Tools used by a saddler and upholsterer
Various tools used by a saddler and upholsterer, including pliers, pincers, skewers, needles and a knife

Background imageKnife Collection: In a Butchers Shop

In a Butchers Shop
THE MAN OF TASTE - a butchers customer orders two ounces of Boiled Beef, Cut with a Ham y Knife to give it a Relish

Background imageKnife Collection: LADY MACBETH & DAGGERS

LADY MACBETH & DAGGERS
Macbeth, Act II, Scene ii Lady Macbeth: "give me the daggers..." Date: 1925

Background imageKnife Collection: Stripping the bark from the barkcloth tree, Uganda

Stripping the bark from the barkcloth tree, Uganda. Barkcloth making is an ancient craft of the Baganda people who live in the Buganda kingdom in southern Uganda

Background imageKnife Collection: Deep sea diver at work

Deep sea diver at work
A deep sea diver at work, assisted by a colleague. 1965

Background imageKnife Collection: CONFEDERATE CAMP, 1861. Confederate troops from Mississippi practicing with the Bowie knife in camp

CONFEDERATE CAMP, 1861. Confederate troops from Mississippi practicing with the Bowie knife in camp. Wood engraving from a Northern American newspaper of 1861

Background imageKnife Collection: TOOL ADVERTISEMENT, 1895. From the Montgomery Ward & Co. catalogue of 1895

TOOL ADVERTISEMENT, 1895. From the Montgomery Ward & Co. catalogue of 1895

Background imageKnife Collection: Full English breakfast

Full English breakfast

Background imageKnife Collection: Unhealthy breakfast

Unhealthy breakfast of beans and a heart shapedfried egg

Background imageKnife Collection: Oysters on ice (Ostrea edulis), France, Europe

Oysters on ice (Ostrea edulis), France, Europe

Background imageKnife Collection: St Bartholomew Apostle

St Bartholomew Apostle
SAINT BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE in the background you can see him being flayed alive : and in the foreground he is carrying not only his skin but the knife which removed it

Background imageKnife Collection: Street Trade / Grinder

Street Trade / Grinder
A grinderx sharpens a knife in Whitehall, London

Background imageKnife Collection: Monk Copyists

Monk Copyists
John Mielot, author of Miracles de Notre Dame using a quill and a scraping knife in a monestary library

Background imageKnife Collection: Castration 17th Century

Castration 17th Century
A fearful patient is restrained on a low couch and castrated

Background imageKnife Collection: Advert for Follows & Bates winding machines 1900s

Advert for Follows & Bates winding machines 1900s
Various machines from the late 19th Century early 20th century, advertised in The Ironmonger Diary and Text Book, for Follows & Bates in Manchester. Circa 1900

Background imageKnife Collection: Needham, Veall and Tyzack Ltd. Eye Witness Works, Cutlery Manufacturers, 1919

Needham, Veall and Tyzack Ltd. Eye Witness Works, Cutlery Manufacturers, 1919
Page from Register of trade marks of the Cutlers Company of Sheffield, 1919. Compiled by J. H. Whitham and D. Vickers.Original at Sheffield Archives ref. SY599/B7/1

Background imageKnife Collection: JACK SPRAT. Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean

JACK SPRAT. Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean. Color engraving from a late-19th century American edition of Mother Gooses Melodies

Background imageKnife Collection: Will you follow me, men?, c61 AD, (1905). Artist: As Forrest

Will you follow me, men?, c61 AD, (1905). Artist: As Forrest
Will you follow me, men?, c61 AD, (1905). The British Queen Boudicca (or Boadicea) of the Iceni encourages her soldiers to fight the Romans

Background imageKnife Collection: Advertisement for Taylor Brothers, Manufacturers of Saws, Steel, Files, Machine Knives, etc

Advertisement for Taylor Brothers, Manufacturers of Saws, Steel, Files, Machine Knives, etc
Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library: MP 122 M

Background imageKnife Collection: Picture No. 10876591

Picture No. 10876591
Himba lady - shaving boys head with sheath knife Date:

Background imageKnife Collection: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, 1945. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group at a briefing at

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, 1945. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group at a briefing at Ramitelli Airfield, Italy, March 1945. Photograph by Toni Frissell

Background imageKnife Collection: Set of thirteen Apostles Spoons (1626) (engraving)

Set of thirteen Apostles Spoons (1626) (engraving)
6006903 Set of thirteen Apostles Spoons (1626) (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Set of thirteen Apostles Spoons (1626)

Background imageKnife Collection: Dinner on the beach in Downtown at sunset, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, North America

Dinner on the beach in Downtown at sunset, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, North America

Background imageKnife Collection: Wedding of Dan Everard and Dollis Brook

Wedding of Dan Everard and Dollis Brook
Scene at the wedding reception of Dan Everard and Dollis Brook, performers in the Pelissier Follies. The wedding took place at Finchley Parish Church, north London

Background imageKnife Collection: Man meets Woman

Man meets Woman
Julien Vareille

Background imageKnife Collection: Cheese on wooden board with milk and eggs in background

Cheese on wooden board with milk and eggs in background

Background imageKnife Collection: Vintage World War II poster of a chef holding an onion with a tear in his eye

Vintage World War II poster of a chef holding an onion with a tear in his eye. It reads, Know your onions, make all the food go all the way, food is ammunition don t waste it

Background imageKnife Collection: CATHERINE I (1684-1727). Mistress and later the second wife of Tsar Peter I of Russia

CATHERINE I (1684-1727). Mistress and later the second wife of Tsar Peter I of Russia, and Empress of Russia, 1725-27. Catherine involved in a brawl, c1705. Line engraving, late 18th century

Background imageKnife Collection: The Not Forgotten Royal Tea Party, 1937

The Not Forgotten Royal Tea Party, 1937
Cutting the cake for wounded soldiers at Buckingham Palace: Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth attend the Not Forgotten Tea Party at the Royal Riding School at Buckingham Palace



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"Unveiling the Artistry: The Knife's Timeless Tale" Step into the world of history and art as we explore the diverse roles and symbolism of the humble knife. From bookbinding tools in 1875 to Diego Velazquez's captivating painting "Old Woman Cooking Eggs" in 1618, this versatile instrument has left its mark throughout time. In Harold Harvey's masterpiece "The Tea Table, " a knife silently awaits its turn amidst an intimate gathering, hinting at its significance in daily life. Meanwhile, Jacques Louis David immortalizes Jean-Paul Marat's tragic fate with his chilling portrayal of the fatal stabbing that occurred during the French Revolution. Lady Macbeth's infamous daggers come to mind, symbolizing ambition and guilt within Shakespearean tragedy. On a lighter note, an advertisement from 1945 showcases how knives played a vital role in promoting meat consumption during post-war times. Travel back to Delmonicos Restaurant in New York City circa 1902, where Joseph Byron captures bustling kitchen scenes complete with chefs skillfully wielding their trusty knives. Even on Christmas cards featuring owls and foxes carrying food, these creatures rely on knives for survival. Delving deeper into history, Francis Parsons' portrait of Cherokee chief Kanagagota reveals cultural significance as he holds a ceremonial knife close to his heart. Market reports depict English country squires carving beef with precision while knights of medieval Germany relied on their trusty blades for protection and honor. Lastly, William Hogarth's "Enraged Musician" portrays chaos erupting around a musician who wields his knife menacingly amidst discordant sounds—a reminder that even mundane objects can become instruments of frustration or aggression. From practicality to symbolism across various mediums throughout centuries, the knife remains an enduring tool that tells stories both grand and subtle—forever etching itself into our collective consciousness.