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Pocket Knife
Material and Medium: steel Bone
Dimensions: Overall: 11 x 107mm (7/16 x 4 3/16in.) (open)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L3.3.82.37
This small bone-handled pen knife has a single thin blade designed for cutting quill pen nibs to shape. It was acquired by the Sheffield City Museum (now Weston Park Museum) in 1882 as part of a small collection of old folding knives belonging to a Mr Thomas Ellis. According to the Accession Register of the day this knife was "said to have belonged to Lord Nelson when a boy". This is an interesting example of how museum objects can be accompanied by their own interesting legends but it often difficult to verify stories such as these.
Display Location: In Store
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