Joseph and Maurice Rodgers
Date Made/Found: circa 1771
Material and Medium: steel Horn Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 13 x 119mm (1/2 x 4 11/16in.)
Overall: 13 x 77mm (1/2 x 3 1/16in.) (closed)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L22.214.171.124i
This pen knife was made by Joseph & Maurice Rodgers in the mid to late 1700s. It has a single thin blade with a raised clip point for the effective shaping and slitting of quill pen nibs. The scales (handle) are made of pressed and polished animal horn and it is decorated with silver mounts and an engraving medallion.
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.