knife, dessert

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Dessert knife (similar to 1986.0531.125-.126), possibly intended for a child. 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 pitted, stained, and scratched. Ivory is yellowed and crazed, separating from tang and bolster.
Blade is stamped: “J. RUSSELL & CO/GREEN RIVER WORKS”
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 3/4 in x 3/4 in; .9525 cm x 19.685 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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