A table knife with stainless steel blade

Contributed by peregrinus

A table knife with stainless steel blade

Albert Boddaert was a silversmith and cutlery maker in Bruges, Belgium. He designed some of the earliest stainless steel instruments for surgeons throughout Belggium.(see advert on notepaper in photo), specialism ENT. The knife (used daily) with its stainless blade, marked INOXYDABLE BODDAERT BRUGES reminds me of his pioneering work with stainless steel, the advances in sterilization and medical hygiene. (For which he was awarded the Palme D'or de la Couronne by the king). It also marks the advances in technology and changes of material. It is the only article left with his full name engraved, a memento of a wonderful grandfather whose talent was frustrated by two world wars. - He twice lost everything through German invasions. He was a courageous and very gifted/skilled man, also a great Anglophile and philospoher. In contrast, his 100 year old silver cutlery that I still use, symbolises the past, an age of more gracious living and beautiful enduring (not "throwaway" and utiliteraian) household arefacts that are nevertheless practical heirlooms and works of art.

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