knife, dinner; cutlery, set, part of

knife, dinner; cutlery, set, part of

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Dinner knife. Straight steel blade with rounded tip. Blade, bolster, and tang are one piece. Bone scales are riveted to the top and bottom of the tang with brass pins to form a tapered handle with chamfered edges and rounded butt. Scratched and discolored overall, yellowed bone. See accompanying dinner knife (1986.0531.038)
Blade is stamped: “B.J. EYRE & Co/LATE W. GREAVES & SON/SHEFFIELD”
Maker is B.J. Eyre & Company, active ca 1850-1876 in Sheffield, England.
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Object Name
knife, dinner
Object Type
Other Terms
Knife, Dinner; Cutlery
date made
1850- 1876
B. J. Eyre and Company
place made
United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield
Physical Description
bone (scales material)
metal, steel (overall material)
metal, brass (pins material)
overall: 3/8 in x 9 1/4 in x 1 in;.9525 cm x 23.495 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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This knife looks very much like ones I have along with some 2-tined forks. But my knives have Wm. Greaves & Sons with Sheaf Works below the name and above there is a crown with V on the left and R on the right of the crown. The research I have done resulted in the following information: Sheaf Works was built in 1823 in or near Sheffield, England. Greaves were and are still well known for making straight razors. Their main market was in the US for which they produced razors, table knives, files, edge tools, railroad springs and steel. Wm. Greaves & Sons dissolved in 1850. Between 1816 and 1850 the handles were staghorn or antler and finally wood (during the US Civil War). Unfortunately, I did not keep track of the source of each of these pieces of information. What I am curious about is the age of my pieces. If they say Wm Greaves and Sons, does that mean they are definitely prior to 1850? Also, I found that there are metal shin guards known as "greaves." Could this be why they were known as Greaves because they made greaves for 200 years or so?

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