Joseph and Maurice Rodgers
Date Made/Found: Around 1771
Material and Medium: steel Ivory Brass
Dimensions: Overall: 14 x 117mm (9/16 x 4 5/8in.) (open)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L22.214.171.124R
This pen knife was made by Joseph & Maurice Rodgers in the mid to late 1700s. It has a single thin blade for the effective shaping and slitting of quill pen nibs. The handle scales are made of green stained ivory and are decorated with brass edging and a brass engraving panel in a scroll 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.