Cutlery
Knives and Scabbards

Historic Cutlery - Changing Shapes: From Modern to Palaeolithic to Modern Times

Historische Bestecke II (Historic Cutlery)

Material Culture in London in an Age of Transition: Tudor and Stuart Period Finds c.1450-1700

Splendour of the Burgundian Court: Charles the Bold (1433-1477)

The Art of the Table: A Complete Guide to Table Setting, Table Manners, and Tableware

Culture of the Fork

This linkspage lists examples of knives, forks, and cutlery sets from before the 17th century, as well as sheaths and containers made for such sets.

Some of these were used for individual place-settings; more often, these were carving-sets, and in some cases (where noted), for hunting.

(Were there forks in the Middle Ages? Oh, yes; there are many examples below. In some cases, these were small “sucket forks,” used to serve sweetmeats [as, for example, the “silvir forke for grene gyngor” in the 1463 will of John Baret of Bury]; in others, they are larger utensils used as part of a carving set. They do not appear to have seen widespread use as a table utensil in its modern context until later, though. For more on the history of the fork in particular, see A History of the Table Fork or Table Forks of the Medieval & Renaissance Period.)