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Dinner knife. Straight steel blade with rounded tip is one piece of steel with full tang. Small, flat steel bolster is welded to tang in two pieces. Bone scales are riveted to tang with brass pins to form a tapered block handle with straight sides and blunt butt. Overall discoloration of metal, minor rust. Bone is yellowed and crazed, separating from the tang. Brass is corroded.
Bone is incised: “WG”
Blade is stamped: “J. RUSSELL & CO./GREEN RIVER WORKS”
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 (overall material)
metal, brass (pins material)
overall: 1/2 in x 9 5/8 in x 1 in; 1.27 cm x 24.4475 cm x 2.54 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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