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Dinner knife, with matching fork (1986.0635.07). Straight steel blade with rounded tip and full tang are one piece of steel. Ebony scales are riveted to tang with steel pin through center. Pewter bolster is welded to tang in two pieces (top and bottom), both with decorative pendulum-shaped inlay. Pewter pommel cap has matching decoration, in two pieces (top and bottom). Minor rust and discoloration of blade. Choil is slightly misshapen. Nicks in bolster.
Blade is stamped: “J.R. & CO. PAT. JAN. 1 [Illegible]/GREEN RIVER WORKS”
Cannot locate patent, further research is needed.
Maker is John Russell & Company, Turner Falls, Massachusetts, 1834-present.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1872
place made
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
ebony (scales material)
metal, steel (overall material)
metal, pewter (bolster, pommel cap 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
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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