knife, dinner

knife, dinner

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Description
Dinner knife. Straight steel blade with rounded tip and “yankee” style bolster. Blade and bolster are one piece of steel fitted into a brown hard rubber handle with rounded sides and butt. Blade is scratched and discolored with minor rust. Handle is nicked in two spots.
Blade is stamped: “INDIA RUBBER HANDLE/CUTLERY Co/C. POPRENHUSEN’S/PATENT MARCH 31, 1857”
Patent:
US 16955 A, March 31, 1857, Conrad Poppenhusen and C.F. Edward Simon of College Point, New York, for “Making Table-Knives”
Maker is the India Rubber Handle Cutlery Company, active in the mid-19th century in New York.
Location
Currently not on view
date patented
ca 1857
place patented
United States: New York, Queens, College Point
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
rubber (handle material)
Measurements
overall: 7/16 in x 10 1/8 in x 13/16 in; 1.11125 cm x 25.7175 cm x 2.06375 cm
ID Number
1986.0531.074
accession number
1986.0531
catalog number
1986.0531.074
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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