Combination spoon and fork

On display

Combination spoon and fork, silver-gilt. Two-pronged fork, elaborately cast and chased, with high relief ornament including St George rescuing a praying princess from the dragon, winged putti, a siren and cherub heads. The prongs of the fork fit into a silver-gilt bowl, through the shoulders of a winged harpy. The bowl engraved with foliate ornament. The finial unscrews and contains a whistle, a toothpick and an ear scoop.


  • Title

    Combination spoon and fork

  • Artist/maker

    probably Frederich Hillebrand (1580 - 1608) (goldsmith)
  • Associated place

    Nuremberg (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1590
  • Material and technique


  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    overall 19 cm (height)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)

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