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Pistol-grip handled knife with curved blunt blade; engraved armorial device on handle back or non-mark side depicts crest of a mermaid or siren with flowing hair and textured skin in profile proper erased on a ducal coronet and wreath. Blade front has two incuse stamps, both partial, oriented along spine and facing handle: a dagger or trident and "BIRD" in serif letters. From a set of 12 knives and 12 forks stored in original shagreen-covered case, 1978.2424.01-.025.
date made
1740 - 1760
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
silver (handle material)
steel (blade material)
overall: 3/4 in x 10 5/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.905 cm x 26.9875 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Cornelia B. Peterson
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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