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Knife

  • Place of origin:

    River Thames (dredged)

  • Date:

    late 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iron with wood

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from Sheffield City Museum

  • Museum number:

    M.74-1955

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In 1866, this knife was dredged from the Thames at Queenhithe, London. The wood is in suprisingly good condition. The rust has been removed from the blade, revealing pitting. It is possible to see the crystalline structure of the steel in the lines along the blade. This is usually only seen when the steel is shaped by heating in a forge and hammering.

Physical description

Knife with wooden scales and iron finial, the blade and shoulders of one piece. Cutler's mark: a crown. late 16th century.

Place of Origin

River Thames (dredged)

Date

late 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Iron with wood

Marks and inscriptions

Mark: a crown
Cutler's mark:

Dimensions

Length: 7.75 in

Object history note

Dredged from the Thames at Queenshithe in 1896.

Descriptive line

Knife with wooden scales and iron finial, the blade and shoulders of one piece. Cutler's mark: a crown. late 16th century, Dredged from the Thames at Queenshithe in 1896

Production Note

Found at Queenshithe in 1896

Materials

Wood; Iron

Techniques

Forging

Categories

Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery; Archaeology

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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