knife, table

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Description
Table knife. Straight stainless steel blade with rounded tip. Blade and bolster are one piece of metal with tang, fitted into celluloid handle with straight sides and rounded butt. Metal and handle are scratched overall. Blade is warped and has small chips at tip. Handle is crazed, separating from bolster.
Blade is stamped: “X/Y/SHEFFIELD STEEL PRODUCTS LTD/SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND/FIRTH/BREARLEY/STAINLESS”
Maker is Firth Brearley Sheffield Steel Products Limited. Harry Brearley is credited with developing what is widely regarded as the first ‘rustless’ or stainless steel in 1913. Four years later, Brearley established the Firth-Brearley Stainless Steel Syndicate with Thomas Firth & Sons Limited to handle licensing Sheffield firms of stainless steel in USA, Canada, Italy, France, and Japan.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
after 1917
place made
United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
plastic, celluloid (handle material)
Measurements
overall: 1/2 in x 9 1/8 in x 3/4 in; 1.27 cm x 23.1775 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
1986.0531.060
accession number
1986.0531
catalog number
1986.0531.060
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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