knife, dinner

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Dessert knife. Straight silver-plated blade with rounded tip and “yankee” style bolster. Blade and bolster are one piece of steel with tang, inserted into hard black rubber handle with rounded sides and butt. Heavily scratched overall, silver is worn off near cutting edge, tarnished.
Blade is stamped: “HARD RUBBER/CUTLERY Co”
Could not locate any information on this company, but it may have been based out of New York. Hard plastic was patented in 1844 and was first used for knife handles circa 1856.
Currently not on view
date made
after 1856
place made
United States: New York
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
rubber (handle material)
overall: 9/16 in x 7 15/16 in x 3/4 in; 1.42875 cm x 20.16125 cm x 1.905 cm
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accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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