fork, carving; cutlery, set, part of

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Carving fork, with matching knife (1986.531.233). Two-tined with tapered baluster stem and “yankee” style bolster. A hinged lyre-shaped stand is attached to the underside of the stem. Tines, stem, and bolster are one piece of chrome-plated steel with the tang fitted into a teardrop-shaped white hard rubber handle. Metal is heavily discolored, minor rust. Handle is scratched and discolored.
Matching fork is etched on underside of stand: “PAT. JULY 13. 1880”
Blade of matching knife is etched: “J. RUSSELL & CO/[Illegible and faded]” within double diamond.
US229802 A, July 13, 1880, Calvin L. Butler, Greenfield, Massachusetts, assignor to John Russell Cutlery Company, Turner Falls, Massachusetts, for “Carving-fork”
Maker is John Russell & Company, Turner Falls, Massachusetts, 1834-present.
Currently not on view
date patented
ca 1880
place made
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
rubber (handle material)
overall: 7/8 in x 9 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 2.2225 cm x 24.765 cm x 4.445 cm
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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