knife, dessert; cutlery, set, part of

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Dessert knife, with matching fork (see 1986.0531.131), possibly made for a child. Straight steel blade with rounded tip fitted with pewter bolster. Blade and tang are one piece of steel inserted into a tapered bone handle with rounded sides and butt. Blade is scratched and discolored. Bolster is separating from handle. Bone is discolored with residue, crazed, has crack near 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
1870- 1880
place made
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
bone (handle material)
metal, steel (overall material)
metal, pewter (bolster material)
overall: 3/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 3/4 in; .9525 cm x 19.05 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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