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Dinner fork, with matching knife (1986.0635.06). Three-tined with flat stem which is one piece of steel with full tang. 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 on steel. No mark.
Blade of matching knife 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 7 1/2 in x 5/8 in; 1.27 cm x 19.05 cm x 1.5875 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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