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Knife

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1842-1843 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mortimer and Hunt (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt

  • Museum number:

    M.14-1965

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 14, shelf 2

  • Public access description

    The Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn, the recepient of this christening set, was a god daughter of Queen Victoria. She gave similar christening sets to her other god children.

  • Physical description

    Knife, part of a christening set, silver gilt decorated with cast rococo foliage and floral ornament and terminating in a circular cartouche inscribed with the initials VAJ, with cherubs holding up curtains to the left and right, the end of the handle terminating in a crown. The blade of the knife is engraved on both sides with a flowering spray and is decorated with cherubs heads at the base of the handle.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    London hallmarks for 1842-3

    Mark of John Mortimer and John Samuel Hunt

    Inscribed with the initials: VAJ
    Victoria Alexandrina's monogram: the royal cipher is engraved on the other side.

  • Dimensions

    Length: 23 cm, Width: 3 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm, Weight: 123.4 g

  • Object history note

    The Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn was a god daughter of Queen Victoria who gave similar christening sets to her other god children.

  • Historical context note

    The Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn, although not recorded in ‘Burke’s Peerage’, is thought to have been the eldest child of Robert Jocelyn, styled Viscount Jocelyn, and his wife Frances Elizabeth, youngest daughter of the 5th Earl of Cowper whom he married on 27 April 1841. Lady Jocelyn was a Lady of the Bedchamber from 1841-1867 & chosen by Queen Victoria as one of her train bearers at her Coronation. She was a member of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert.

  • Descriptive line

    Cutlery and flatware

  • Collection code

    Metalwork Collection