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Dinner knife. Straight steel blade with rounded tip is welded to an iron bolster. Tang is inserted into a fluted and tapered black horn handle and held in place with a single brass pin. Metal is heavily corroded with heavy rust on bolster. Horn is crazed and cracked on backside near bolster. Brass is beginning to corrode.
Blade is stamped: “WALTON”
Maker is possibly Richard Walton, listed in the 1787 Sheffield, England directory. This style horn handle is similar to those illustrated in Joseph Smith’s Key to Sheffield Manufactories (1816).
Currently not on view
date made
after 1787
place made
United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield
Physical Description
cow horn (handle material)
metal, steel (overall material)
metal, iron (bolster material)
metal, brass (pin material)
overall: 1/2 in x 10 7/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.27 cm x 27.6225 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard R. Levine
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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