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M.B. Co. - Civil War knife?

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:46 pm
by TripleF
Tang stamp dates it from 1852 - 1983.
And the handle and blade is slightly bent.

Any way to know if it was from the 1800'S?

TIA

Re: M.B. Co. - Civil War knife?

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:53 pm
by ea42
It was made by Meriden Britannia Co.. It may have been from the late 1800's but regardless there's no way I would characterize it as a Civil War knife. It's a silver fruit knife likely used FAR from any battles.

Eric

Re: M.B. Co. - Civil War knife?

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:41 pm
by Ben Ogle
ea42 wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:53 pm
It was made by Meriden Britannia Co.. It may have been from the late 1800's but regardless there's no way I would characterize it as a Civil War knife. It's a silver fruit knife likely used FAR from any battles.

Eric
If the knife is in fact from the years of the civil war, wouldn’t that make it a “civil war knife”? I don’t believe Triple f was implying that the knife was used in the war, just asking if it was from that era.

Re: M.B. Co. - Civil War knife?

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:44 pm
by TripleF
Ben Ogle wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:41 pm
ea42 wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:53 pm
It was made by Meriden Britannia Co.. It may have been from the late 1800's but regardless there's no way I would characterize it as a Civil War knife. It's a silver fruit knife likely used FAR from any battles.

Eric
If the knife is in fact from the years of the civil war, wouldn’t that make it a “civil war knife”? I don’t believe Triple f was implying that the knife was used in the war, just asking if it was from that era.

Indeed. Thanks and thanks Eric!!

Re: M.B. Co. - Civil War knife?

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:53 pm
by ea42
My pleasure Scott!

Ben, yes but the Civil War was only four years. That's a mighty narrow time frame to date a knife unless there are some special dating characteristics of the brand. Late 1800's definitely fits better. To me calling a knife a Civil War Knife implies that it was actually used for some purpose in the war.

Eric

Re: M.B. Co. - Civil War knife?

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:14 pm
by Ben Ogle
ea42 wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:53 pm
My pleasure Scott!

Ben, yes but the Civil War was only four years. That's a mighty narrow time frame to date a knife unless there are some special dating characteristics of the brand. Late 1800's definitely fits better. To me calling a knife a Civil War Knife implies that it was actually used for some purpose in the war.

Eric
You are right about that, it would be mighty hard to date a knife that old in such a narrow frame of time.

Re: M.B. Co. - Civil War knife?

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:31 pm
by RobesonsRme.com
General Grant’s fruit knife. He also used it to cut his cigars.

Charlie