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19TH CENTURY CIVILIAN UTENSIL SET – KNIFE AND FORK IN VERY GOOD CONDITION – MAKER MARKED – OF THE TYPE USED BY CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS:  This matching knife and fork set dates from the mid-19th Century and is of the type Civil War soldiers would have brought from home, or would have purchased from the sutlers that followed the concentrations of troops on campaign. 

In very good condition, both pieces still retain their original handles, or “scales” – made of a dark wood known in the trade as “rosewood” and mounted on the utensil tangs with brass pins.  The knife blade is full form with no signs of sharpening and legibly stamped with the maker’s name, “GLOBE CUTLERY WORKS, NEW YORK”.  The blade is overall bright and smooth with some scattered darkened patches.  The fork is likewise full form with full length sharp tines.  Each handle is capped with a pewter casting. 

The Globe Cutlery Works was active in New York prior to the Civil War, operated by a member of a family long established in the cutlery trade in Sheffield, England.  As the army did not issue eating utensils to the soldiers until well after the Civil War, they were required to supply their own – normally purchased from the commercial market.  This would be a very good representative set to display with your Civil War or Early Indian War grouping of mess equipment.  (0634)  $50

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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