Dinner Knife

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Straight steel blade with rounded tip and grooved bolster. Silver banded ferrule is fitted below bolster. Blade, bolster, and tang are one piece of steel inserted into an ivory block handle with carved and chamfered sides and blunt butt. Diamond is cut into butt. Blade may have originally been silver-plated. Steel is discolored, rusted in spots. Silver is tarnished. Ivory is yellowed, cracked near bolster. Blade stamped “PRATT ROPES&Co / AMERICAN CUTLERY”.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1846 - 1855
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
steel (blade material)
ivory (handle material)
silver plate (ferrule material)
overall: 9/16 in x 10 5/16 in x 1 in; 1.42875 cm x 26.19375 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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