See more objects with the tag fish, dining, flower, sword.

See more objects with the color dimgrey grey dimgrey or see all the colors for this object.

This and 5 other objects are a part of a set whose first object is Set Of Knives (USA).

Object Timeline

1996

  • We acquired this object.

2002

2004

2015

2017

2019

  • You found it!

Knife (USA), ca. 1880

This is a Knife. It is dated ca. 1880 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is cast and chased. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

These knives by Gorham take the forms of Japanese swords with decorated handles. One shows stylized foliate decoration while the other shows a dove perched on a branch. Along with Tiffany and Co. and the Whiting Manufacturing Company, Gorham was one of the most prevalent American adaptors of the motifs and forms of Japanese metalwork.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Tsuba
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone.
  • 1936-4-108

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 19.8 x 2.1 x 0.7 cm (7 13/16 x 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Knife (USA), ca. 1880; cast and chased; L x W x D: 19.8 x 2.1 x 0.7 cm (7 13/16 x 13/16 x 1/4 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 1996-81-5

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18654141/ |title=Knife (USA), ca. 1880 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=19 July 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>