Knife

Knife

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Description
Silver pistol-grip knife with curved blunt steel blade; engraved armorial device on hollow handle depicts crest of a mermaid or siren with flowing hair and textured skin in profile proper erased on a ducal coronet and wreath. Blade front has three incuse stamps, all partial, oriented along spine and facing handle: a dagger or trident, an imperial crown and "[BI]RD" in serif letters. From a set of 12 knives and 12 forks stored in original shagreen-covered case, 1978.2424.01-.025.
Object Name
knife
date made
1740 - 1760
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
silver (handle material)
steel (blade material)
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in x 10 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.905 cm x 27.305 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
1978.2424.01
accession number
1978.2424
catalog number
1978.2424.01
Credit Line
Gift of Cornelia B. Peterson
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Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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