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Dessert knife. Straight steel blade with rounded tip is one piece with full tang. Bone scales are riveted to the tang with brass pins to form a tapered block handle with chamfered edges and blunt butt. Semi-circular brass piece is mortised into bone at bolster on front and back of handle and held in place with a brass pin. Minor stains and rust on steel. Bone is yellowed and crazed.
Blade is stamped: “J. RUSSELL & Co./GREEN RIVER WORKS”; partially worn.
Maker is John Russell & Company, Turner Falls, Massachusetts, 1834-present.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1860
place made
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
bone (scales material)
metal, steel (blade, tang material)
metal, brass (bolster, pins material)
overall: 1/2 in x 8 in x 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 20.32 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard R. Levine
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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