Knife and fork
Ebony and electroplate
Knife: 17.5 cm (long)
Fork: 16.5 cm (long)
British, circa 1900
‘MISS CRANSTON’S’ on blade of knife
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).
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).
There is no evidence to establish who designed and made this iconic cutlery, a view confirmed by Roger Billcliffe.