Wedding Knives

Undoubtedly, one knife or more than one was in Chaucer's time part of a bride's paraphernalia. Allusions to this custom are very numerous.

“Seo, at my girdle hang my wedding knives.”

Dekker: Match Me in London (1631).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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