Early 19th Century Galician Judaic Silver Circumcision Knife
Circumcision knife in the original case. Galicia, early 19th century, circa 1810. Filigree silver; steel; wooden case; velvet lining. Knife with a handle made of silver filigree and granulation. At the tip of the handle is a ball set with a red gemstone. A gold leaf is rolled inside the handle. The knife is inserted in the original wooden case, carved as a fish with eyes, fins and scales and lined with velvet. See similar item in: Jewish Tradition in Art, The Feuchtwanger collection of Judaica (The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1970), item no. 20.