Antique Silver Folding Fruit Knife.
English antique silver folding fruit knife with decorative mother of pearl handle. Bright cut decoration to blade in the form of foliage and fruit.
Hallmarked from Sheffield in 1875 with the maker’s mark being that of George Unite.
Minor wear at blades tip and a little springback of blade when in the closed position.
During the 18th century, as folding fruit knives became popular in England, they spread to the British Colonies and into America becoming a popular type of knife as a result of their versatility. In recent years, the sterling silver and mother of pearl folding fruit knives have become collectors’ items, particularly those crafted in France during the late 18th century together with early ones made in England.