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iconnumber posted 07-26-2003 02:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suefromoz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello everyone

I am puzzled by the purpose of this knife. I think I have got the year right - 1872?? - but would much appreciate any help with maker and type of knife. The maker's initials are A.H and the knife is 7 1/2" long.

It seems short on the blade for a fish knife, and the knife is slightly scoop shaped. There is a shape at the top of both sides of the handle, almost like the registration diamond that you find on pottery and glass, but I do not think that it actually said anything - the symbols appear to be more like sheaves of corn (maybe) than letters. Any clues??

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iconnumber posted 07-26-2003 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe your piece would be called a cheese knife. The curved blade is the clue; if it were straight, it might be a butter. A fish knife would have a longer blade in proportion to the handle.

Date wise, I would go with 1847-48. The mark at the top certainly looks like a design registry mark, probably issued for the handle pattern. The registry marks came into use in 1843, so that fits as well. Many times the marks are illegible, like yours.

Hope this helps!


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iconnumber posted 07-26-2003 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suefromoz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thanks Brent - once again. I had not though of cheese , mainly because of the lack of a serrated edge. But I guess they scooped it out, if it were softish, hence the curved blade. You have been wonderful as always!

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