Object Title

Knife

Knife

Date

1770-1830

Object Number

X.383

Provenance

Acquired October 1973, by exchange with A.N. Miller.

Physical Description

The hilt consistes of deer antler, shaped in some places with a rasp.
The broad, flat back-edged blade is set into the grip with a mount of pewter. The back and edge of the blade run roughly parallel until curving together to form a nearly symmetrical point.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 438 mm (17.25 in), Blade length: 275 mm (10.8 in), Weight: 11 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

The blade is deeply stamped 'ENGLISH CLIFF (?)'.

Associations

Notes

This type of knife is often known as a belt knife, used by the frontiersmen until the Bowie knife became common. See George C. Neumann, 'Swords and Blades of the American Revolution', Newton Abbot, 1973, p.233.