carvers, fork and knife, made from the trotters of "Dennis" (Tirpitz) Dresden's Pig

Catalogue number
  • EPH 6805
Department
Exhibits
Production date
1920
Materials
  • whole: composite
Dimensions
  • Fork: Length 34.0 cm
  • Knife: Length 47.0 cm
  • Case: Length 51.0 cm
  • whole: Height 7.5 cm, Width 15.5 cm
Alternative names
  • full name: carvers, fork and knife, made from the trotters of "Dennis" (Tirpitz) Dresden's Pig
  • simple name: SOU
Category
souvenirs and ephemera

Physical description

Wooden case lined with blue felt containing a steel carving knife and fork with handles made from pig trotters, on the knife blade 'BEST SHEAR STEEL, FRANK MILLS, HANOVER WORKS, SHEFFIELD, 1914' is stamped on one side below a sewing machine maker's mark, the base of the blade is sunk into a brass plate attached to a pig's trotter, the brass plate has the following inscription engraved on one side 'FOOT OF ''TIRPITZ'' THE FAMOUS PIG RESCUED FROM THE GERMAN LIGHT CRUISER ''DRESDEN'' SUNK IN THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC BY THE BRITISH MAN-OF-WAR ''GLASGOW'' BROUGHT TO ENGLAND 1916 AND SOLD FOR WAR FUNDS REALIZING £1875 GIVEN BY THE DUKE OF PORTLAND K.G. 1920', the carving fork is two-pronged and is similarly put together but has the simple engraved inscription ''TIRPITZ'' on one side of the brass plate.

(1) engraved

(1) FOOT OF ''TIRPITZ'' THE FAMOUS PIG RESCUED FROM THE GERMAN LIGHT CRUISER ''DRESDEN'' SUNK IN THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC BY THE BRITISH MAN-OF-WAR ''GLASGOW'' BROUGHT TO ENGLAND 1916 AND SOLD FOR WAR FUNDS REALIZING £1875 GIVEN BY THE DUKE OF PORTLAND K.G. 1920

(2) stamped

(2) BEST SHEAR STEEL, FRANK MILLS, HANOVER WORKS, SHEFFIELD, 1914'

(3) engraved

(3) TIRPITZ

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