Category Archives: History

Rennaissance era cutlery inscribed with musical notion and lyrics: on one side a benediction before eating and on the other, a post-prandial grace. The second image (above) has the following inscriptions:

“The blessing of the table. May the three-in-one bless that which we are about to eat.” And the other side reads: “The saying of grace. We give thanks to you God for your generosity.”

V&A curator Kristen Kalber explains:


The impressive ouevre of Sutherland Macdonald,  Britain’s first professional tattoo artist.

Having first encountered the art in the 1880s during his time in the army, Macdonald set up his parlour at the Hamam Turkish Baths at 76 Jermyn Street in London in 1889. For the next four years, it was the only place a chep (or doughty gel) could get properly inked-up anywhere in Blighty.