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M.B. Co. - Civil War knife?

Post by TripleF » Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:46 pm

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?

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

Post by ea42 » 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.

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

Post by Ben Ogle » 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.

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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.

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

Post by TripleF » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:44 pm

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!!
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Post by ea42 » 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.

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Post by Ben Ogle » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:14 pm

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.

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

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Post by RobesonsRme.com » Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:31 pm

General Grant’s fruit knife. He also used it to cut his cigars.

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