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Nom de l'objet : knife
Type de l'objet : culinary implement
Catégorie de l'objet : Tools & Equipment for Materials
Discipline : History
Matériaux : metal, steel
bone
Numéro d'accession : 2005_020
Description : steel blade detached from thin, rectangular bone handle; blade having a thin metal pin which originally extended into handle; blade impressed with: J * S
JOSEPH FENTON & SONS
CUTLERS, SHEF**
above a square cross and an indistinct symbol
Previous number: lost number114
Commentaires : By the early-19th century stores in York and Kingston were advertising goods such as 'table and dessert knives and forks, table knives with ivory, stag and black horn handles'.

The two- or three-pronged forks used by early-19th century settlers were not curved, and were more suited to holding meat while it was cut than lifting it to the mouth. Eating directly from the knife was customary, and most settlers would have had their own knife from pocket or sheath and a pewter spoon. There was some debate over this point of etiquette, however, and some books stated that it was wrong to put a knife in the mouth. In 1838, though, Mrs. Farrar wrote 'The Young Ladies' Friend', which advised that
'If you wish to imitate the French or English, you will put everything in your mouth with your fork, but if you think as I do that Americans have as good a right to their own fashions as the inhabitants of any other country, you may choose the convenience of feeding yourself with your right hand armed with a steel blade; and provided you do it neatly, and do not put in large mouthfuls or close your lips tight over the blade, you ought not to be considered as eating ungenteely [sic].'
source: Minhinnick, Jeanne, "At Home In Upper Canada". Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto, 1983, p.33-4, 49.
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre de parties composantes : Handle:
length: 7.0
width: 1.3
depth: 0.6

Blade:
length: 9.8
width: 2.0
depth: 1.1
Établissement : Campbell House Museum
Ville de l'établissement : Toronto
Province de l'établissement : Ontario
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