Dinner Knife

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Straight silver-plated steel blade with rounded tip and rectangular bolster. Blade, bolster, and tang are one piece of steel fitted into an ivory-colored celluloid handle with straight sides, chamfered edges, and rounded butt. Heavily scratched and worn overall. Metal has minor rust spots, plate is worn. Celluloid is yellowed, separated from bolster. Blade etched: “MERIDEN CUTLERY CO.”; with image of an anvil above.
Currently not on view
date made
after 1872
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
plastic, celluloid (handle material)
overall: 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in x 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 23.495 cm x 2.2225 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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