Richard Grindall's combined knife and fork, Europe, 1795-1820

1795-1820 in Europe

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Admiral Grindall's knife and fork. Full view, graduated matt black perspec background.
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Admiral Grindall's knife and fork

Sir Richard Grindall (1751-1820) was a captain and later a Vice-Admiral in the British Royal Navy. He began his career sailing with Captain Cook on Cook’s second voyage (1772-75). Grindall lost his right arm in action in 1795 during fighting in the French Revolutionary War. He used this combined knife and fork to eat.

The loss of his arm did not stop Grindall serving in the navy – he later fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 under Lord Nelson. Curiously, Nelson also had a combined knife and fork tool named after him. The so-called Nelson knife was used by generations of one armed ex-servicemen and is still available today.

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Object Number:
ivory and whole, steel
combined knife and fork
Braun, H C

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