Length (Knife [a]): 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm); Length (Fork [b]): 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); Length (Spoon [c]): 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); Length (Marrow spoon [d]): 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm); Length (Fork [e]): 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); Overall (Spice box [f]): 2 9/16 × 2 1/16 in. (6.5 × 5.2 cm); Height (Egg cup [g]): 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm); Length (Knife rest [h]): 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Overall (Box [i]): 2 1/8 × 14 3/8 × 3 1/2 in. (5.4 × 36.5 × 8.9 cm)
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Not on view
It is amazing that eight implements could be compressed into this leather case. Though similar in its ingredients to German traveling sets, this Hungarian version also includes a type of cutlery rest in the form of a rod raised on legs that would have helped protect a tablecloth or precious table surface. It is also remarkable that function, and not ostentatious display, governed the design of each implement (see István Heller. Ungarische und siebenbürgische Goldschmiedearbeiten: Vom Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts bis zum Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts. Munich, 2000, p. 134, no. 49, who points out the rareness of early examples. The type developed into a fashion of mostly bourgeois circles by the progressing nineteenth and twentieth century). It is also remarkable that each implement of the present set is designed to obey its utilitarian service instead of making a social statement.
Artist:Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain maker Date:ca. 1743–45Medium:Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession:2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551
Artist:James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800) Date:1766Medium:Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession:1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540
Artist:Clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste-André Furet (French, ca. 1720–1807) Date:ca. 1784Medium:Case: gilded and lacquered bronze and marble; Movement (in bust): brass and steel with enameled hour and minute chapter rings; Miniature organ with pipes and bellows (in base): brass, steel, and leatherAccession:58.75.127On view in:Gallery 523