knife, dinner

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Dinner knife. Straight silver-plated steel blade with rounded tip and squared “yankee” style bolster. Blade and bolster are one piece of metal with tang fitted into an ivory handle with rounded corners and butt. Metal is heavily scratched and stained, plate is worn. Ivory is yellowed and scratched, has long crack down one side.
Blade is etched: “1834/J. RUSSELL & CO./12”
Maker is John Russell & Company, Turner Falls, Massachusetts, 1834-present.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1834
place made
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
ivory (handle material)
metal, silver-plated (overall material)
metal, steel (overall material)
overall: 1/2 in x 9 3/8 in x 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 23.8125 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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