knife, carving; cutlery, set, part of

knife, carving; cutlery, set, part of

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Carving knife, part of a set with matching fork (see 1986.0531.124). Straight steel blade with pointed tip and rectangular bolster. Blade and bolster are one piece of steel with tang fitted into a tapered ivory handle with straight sides and rounded butt. Tang is held in place with iron pin through side. Heavily scratched and worn overall. Blade has minor corrosion and rust spots. Ivory is yellowed and crazed. Iron pin is rusted. Cracks in ivory near pins.
Blade is stamped: “J. RUSSELL & CO/GREEN RIVER WORKS”
Maker is John Russell & Company, Turner Falls, Massachusetts, 1834-present.
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Object Name
knife, carving
Object Type
Other Terms
Knife, Carving; Cutlery
date made
ca 1850
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Milton
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
ivory (handle material)
metal, steel (overall material)
metal, iron (pin material)
overall: 5/8 in x 12 5/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 32.0675 cm x 2.8575 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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