(Mina is the shortform of my SCA name and tends to be used just as a nickname for me- I like it 🙂 )
I just grabbed a set of a knife and fork from Trademe- mother of pearl handles, silver decorative join to the functional end. Not suse the content of the functional end.
They are really lovely, and fit what I wanted 🙂
I want to make a case for them. So it means having them in hand sooner rather than later 🙂 I am not entirely sure how they are made but I have a few options to work with.
So, why a knife and fork? Aren’t forks out of era. Nope.
My favourite set ever is Italian and is made with rock crystal.
It seems to have been redesignated later than 16thC but there are similar that are earlier.
So I originally tried to find modern cutlery I could adapt, but Most just cannot- I need each end to unscrew and have a core to thread crystal on to.. So a look around at further designs:
All from Bildindex, info in photos. All 16-17thC and across the states.
So my theory is that we don’t just see sets of knives in the Trachtenbucher but possibly knife and fork sets.
Mostly the forks are long tined. I personally do not want to run the risk of poking myself in the face with them so I am fine with a smaller tine set further to the end. In the first image there is a case that may be associated witht he matching set.
But now for the cases:
These could well be wedding knife sets. There don’t seem to be a top end to the cases. And they seem to be silver.
These do appear to match the sets worn in the trachtenbuch.
These are from Weigel’s book https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Frauen-Trachtenbuch_(1586)
These are from de Bruyn.
These appear on both unmarried and married women, so I think these are a status symbol- I found single knives in cases on working women though.
So, any evidence that these are knives and forks:
This is later, but the case and cutlery are a match.
Yes! I can make a case like this from the scraps of heavy russet I have. I think I’ll need to learn some techniques from shoemaking as I’ll want really crisp edges. But I’ll be able to embroider the case 🙂 or… I still have diamon shaped brass stampings I used for my Valois ouches set. They could be shaped to fit.
Anyway. Yay! Now I need to find a matching spoon to carry in my purse 🙂