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, all partial, oriented along spine and facing handle: a dagger or trident, an imperial crown and "BI[RD]" in serif letters. From a set of 12 knives and 12 forks stored in original shagreen-covered case, 1978.2424.01-.025.
Object Name
date made
1740 - 1760
Physical Description
silver (handle material)
steel (blade material)
overall: 3/4 in x 10 7/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.905 cm x 27.6225 cm x 2.8575 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
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American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Cornelia B. Peterson
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