Knife and fork

  • Detail

    Ebony and electroplate

    Knife: 17.5 cm (long)

    Fork: 16.5 cm (long)

    British, circa 1900

  • Marked

    ‘MISS CRANSTON’S’ on blade of knife

  • Provenance

    Supplied to Miss Catherine Cranston for one of her Glasgow Tea Rooms; Argyle Street Tea Rooms (1898), Ingram Street Tea Rooms (1900) or the Willow Tea Rooms (1903).

  • Literature

    Thomas Howarth, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Modern Movement, 1952, pl. 51 (for a knife and fork of this pattern, attributed to Mackintosh)

    Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings & Interior Designs, 1879, 2009 edn, for example p. 153, 1903.J (where cutlery of this pattern can be seen in situ in the Willow Tea Rooms).

  • Notes

    There is no evidence to establish who designed and made this iconic cutlery, a view confirmed by Roger Billcliffe.