Metalwork Objects in Focus, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Game Carvers, made in Sheffield (1907)

These Game Carvers, by Harrison Brothers and Howson, Sheffield, are made from steel, ivory and silver. The fork and knife of this carving set are decorated with modelled hares’ heads. Game Carvers have a shorter blade and longer handles than the usual carvers and were used to carve game, such as duck, hare, pheasant or venison.

Game hunting was seen as a socially prestigious pastime in the 1800s. The serving of game at dinner parties was the height of sophistication during the hunting season and complicated dishes were made using a wide range of game birds and animals.

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