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Title Knife and fork (Sarajevo)
Nationality Bosnian
Period c 1860

This set of cutlery was made for the first wave of European tourists to Bosnia's capital, Sarajevo, in the mid-to-late 19th century. The knife has 'Sarajevo' in silver overlay inscribed at the forte on one side, while on the other there is Islamic script, also in silver.

The grips are made of bone and are profusely inlaid with brass and copper base metal (a few of which are missing). Both knife and fork have copious silver overlay, the fork having a blued steel finish to the bolster.

Curiously enough, they do not appear in any of the cutlery books that I have in my fairly extensive library on this subject, but I believe they were made in reasonable quantity and quite often could be purchased in sets of a dozen.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Cutlery : Bosnian : 19th Century]


I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

The belt buckle arrived by today's post. I am absolutely delighted with it and with your prompt and courteous service.

G S, UK, 29.06.2010