Dinner knife

Dinner knife

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Dinner knife, with matching fork (1988.763.3). Overall “S” shape, upturned steel blade with rounded tip. Back of knife shows a "puddled" weld between the bolster and steel blade. Tang is fitted into a tapered cow horn handle, conical-shaped and curved. Steel pommel cap is fitted on rounded butt; held in place with two steel pins. Tang is held in place with two brass pins through handle. Blade is scratched and abraded, tip is warped. Minor rust and corrosion on blade and bolster. Long crack on underside of handle beginning at bolster. One brass pin appears to be missing from handle.
Blade is stamped: “MARSHES &/SHEPARD”
Maker is Marshes & Shepard, Sheffield, England, active circa 1818-1850.
Currently not on view
Object Name
knife, dinner
Object Type
Other Terms
Knife, Dinner; Cutlery
date made
1818- 1850
place made
United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield
Physical Description
metal, steel (blade, bolster, pins material)
cow horn (handle material)
metal, brass (pins material)
overall: 1/2 in x 9 in x 1 in; 1.27 cm x 22.86 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard R. Levine
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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