knife, dinner; cutlery, set, part of

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Dinner knife with a matching dinner fork (see 1986.0531.016). Overall S-shape, upturned steel blade with rounded tip. Blade and bolster are one piece. Back of knife shows a "puddled" weld between the iron bolster and steel blade. Bone scales are riveted to the top and bottom of the tang with steel pins to form a rounded handle with a blunt butt. A faint inscribed pattern is visible on the scales, and two steel pins at butt likely held a rounded iron pommel cap, both would match those on the accompanying fork. Overall scratches and discoloration, metal has rust spots, nicks. Bone is pulling away from tang. Missing pommel cap.
Blade is stamped: “SANDERSON”
Maker is possibly the Sanderson Brothers (formerly Naylor & Sanderson), active in Sheffield, England ca 1829-present.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1829
place made
United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield
Physical Description
metal, iron (bolster, tang material)
metal, steel (blade, pins material)
bone (scales material)
overall: 5/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 1 in; 1.5875 cm x 24.13 cm x 2.54 cm
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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