Joseph and Maurice Rodgers
Material and Medium: steel Horn
Dimensions: Overall: 20 x 143mm (13/16 x 5 5/8in.) (open)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L126.96.36.199e
This pocket knife was made by Joseph & Maurice Rodgers in the mid to late 1700s. It has a large folding blade and a smaller pen blade, for trimming quills. The scales (handle) are made of pressed horn. When animal horn is heated it becomes soft and can be molded into shape.
This knife was donated to what is now Weston Park Museum in 1875, the year that it opened. It was originally mounted on a pattern card along with 19 other folding knives of a similar size. The card would have been used by Rodgers’ salesmen to show prospective buyers samples of the different styles of knife. The maker’s mark ‘RODGERS’ is stamped at the base of the blade. By the 1800s the firm was trading as Joseph Rodgers & Sons and using its famous star and Maltese cross trademark.Display Location: