c. 1850
1.5 in WIDE x 1 in DEEP
(3.81 cm WIDE x 2.54 cm DEEP)
Gift of Herbert Hamlin

Early California Art and History, Science Special Gallery, December 2007 - September 2009

a,b,c 3 rusty knives a & c have wooden handles From the History Information Station: Object: Steel butcher's knife with wood handle, for all-purpose use. History: A knife had many uses. You could eat with it, or butcher and skin an animal. You could dig out a crevass of gold with it or carve wooden utensils. You might even use it to protect yourself. (B. Hopp 1982) Butcher Knife. c. 1850. The knife has a straight, flat, single-edged blade that terminates in a spear point. Two-piece hardwood grip with bevelled edges. The scales are secured to the tang of the blade with five iron rivets passing tranversely through the scales and tang. The knife measures 10 inches overall. Blade measures 5 3/8 inches in length and is 1 inch wide at the hilt.

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