knife, dessert; cutlery, set, part of

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Dessert knife, with matching fork (see 1986.0531.126). Straight steel blade with rounded tip and rectangular bolster. Blade and bolster are one piece of steel with tang inserted into tapered ivory block handle with straight sides and rounded butt. Tang is held in place with steel pin through side. Metal is stained and scratched with minor rust spots. Ivory is yellowed and crazed, with large crack down one side.
Blade is stamped: “J. RUSSELL & CO/GREEN RIVER WORKS”; partially worn.
Maker is John Russell & Company, Turner Falls, Massachusetts, 1834-present.
Currently not on view
date made
1860- 1880
place made
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
ivory (handle material)
metal, steel (overall material)
overall: 3/8 in x 7 7/8 in x 3/4 in; .9525 cm x 20.0025 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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