Knife

Description
Pistol-grip handled knife with blunt, curved and tapered blade; engraved crest on handle front or mark side depicts a mermaid or siren, with flowing hair and textured skin, in profile proper erased on a ducal coronet and wreath. Blade front has three incuse stamps oriented along spine and facing handle: a dagger or trident, an imperial crown and "[B]IRD" in serif letters. From a set of 12 knives and 12 forks stored in original shagreen-covered case, 1978.2424.01-.025.
Object Name
knife
date made
1740 - 1760
Physical Description
silver (handle material)
steel (blade material)
Measurements
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
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
1978.2424.08
accession number
1978.2424
catalog number
1978.2424.08
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American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Cornelia B. Peterson
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