Antique Silver Folding Fruit Knife.
English antique silver folding fruit knife with shaped and decorative mother of pearl handle.
Hallmarked from Sheffield in 1900 with the maker’s mark being that of Willian Needham.
Some springback of blade when closed, otherwise a very attractive example.
It measures 141 mm when opened and 83 mm when closed.
Folding fruit knives are believed to have first appeared in France around the 17th century. They initially had blades of silver or gold since these materials were corrosion resistant (against acidic fruit juice) and men often gave them as presents to their wives or girlfriends.