Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pen knife

Jenner & Co.
Possibly by Brookes & Crookes
late 19th century
British, London
No dimensions recorded.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Amos L. Beaty, 1961
Accession Number:
Not on view
The building of railroads during the first half of the nineteenth century led to a tremendous increase in travel, which stimulated the demand for the sumptuous dressing cases retailed by Frederick Jenner and Fabian James Knewstub and other London firms. This luxury case (61.78.1–.50), with its pivoting compartments, secret storage areas, and myriad fittings "which quite exhaust the requisites for the road or the boudoir," certainly made travel as comfortable as it was cumbersome.
Marking: [3] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[4] Queen's head (duty mark);
[11] crown;
[12] B & C (maker's mark, possibly for Brookes & Crookes);
[13] C (C or G, date letter ?).

Location of marks:
[3], [11], [12] on .44 on handle;
[4], [12], [13] on .44 on other side of handle

Trade Mark:
1) Jenner & Co.
2) St. James's 33 Street

Location of trade marks:
1) on. 44 on blade, near hinge;
2) on .44 on other side of blade
Mrs. Amos L. Beaty (until 1961; to MMA)
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