Fish knives and forks
Date Made/Found: 1920-1940
Material and Medium: stainless steel , plastic , leather and silk
Dimensions: Overall (Knife): 20 x 8 x 200mm (13/16 x 5/16 x 7 7/8in.)
Overall (Fork): 22 x 12 x 165mm (7/8 x 1/2 x 6 1/2in.)
Overall (Box): 45 x 225 x 200mm (1 3/4 x 8 7/8 x 7 7/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2012.132
This set of fish knives and forks was made of Firth 'Staybrite' stainless steel. 'Staybrite' was one of the many brand names registered by firms making stainless steel. The names usually alluded to the ability of the particular brand to resist rusting or staining. Other examples include 'No Rus' and 'Hygienic Steel'.
The set is designed in the Art Deco style which was popular in the 1920's and 30's and features in design throughout the rest of the twentieth century. Stainless steel was a material commonly used in Art Deco pieces.