Length (Fork [a]): 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm);
Length (Knife [b]): 7 13/16 in. (19.8 cm);
Length (Spoon [c]): 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm);
Length (Marrow spoon [d]): 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm);
Length (Knife [e]): 7 7/16 in. (18.9 cm);
Overall (Spice box [f]): 2 3/4 × 2 1/16 in. (7 × 5.2 cm);
Height (Egg holder [g]): 2 in. (5.1 cm);
Length (Knife rest [h]): 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm);
Overall (Box [i]): 1 7/8 × 13 1/2 × 3 7/16 in. (4.8 × 34.3 × 8.7 cm)
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Not on view
This compact set is similar to another in the museum's collection, acc. no. 2010.110.79a–i. However, here the case-maker, a separate craftsman from the goldsmith, has positioned the egg cup and spice box so that they frame and intensify the crowded impression of the utensils stored in between. Such egg cups had a double function: hard boiled eggs lying horizontally could be cut up in one bowl, and soft-boiled eggs could be served upright at the opposite end.
Literature Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, no. 662 [maker’s mark]. Catalogue of Fine European Silver. Sale cat., Sotheby’s, Zurich, May 16, 1979, p. 24, no. 57. Judit H. Kolba. Hungarian Silver: The Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London, 1996, p. 107, no. 84.
References Elemér Kőszeghy. Magyarországi ötvösjegyek a középkortól 1867-ig / Merkzeichen der Goldschmiede Ungarns vom Mittelalter bis 1867. Budapest, 1936, nos. 662 [maker’s mark] and 658 [similar town mark].
[Wolfram Koeppe 2015]
Marking: Struck on back of the shoulders of the fork (a), back of bowls of spoons (c and d), and the underside of the spice box (f):  IF (maker's mark);  town mark with shield
[ sale, Sotheby's, Zürich , May 16, 1979, lot 57; to Salgo ] ; Nicolas M. Salgo (from 1979) ; Salgo Trust for Education (until 2010; to MMA)
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