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Object Name Knife, Tobacco
Catalog Number 1991.20.11
Date ca. 1900
Material(s) Wrought iron;wood.
Dimensions H-10.5 W-4.75 D-1.125 inches
Description This is a tobacco knife with a carved hardwood handle, formerly stained black and later painted dark brown. It has a wrought iron rod wedged through handle at an angle that is flattened and split at the other end to accept a flat steel blade that runs approximately parallel to the handle. The top of the blade has rounded edges, while the cutting edge is arched and worn from use. There is a "K" carved into the back end of the handle.
Notes The University of Kentucky began collecting in 1957 for the Kentucky Life Museum, an endeavor to "provide a permanent place for the hundreds of articles that have had a bearing upon the way people in Kentucky lived and worked..." Eventually, Waveland entered the Kentucky State Park System and was reinterpreted as a house museum. These artifacts were transfered as part of that reinterpretation.
Collection Waveland State Historic Site Collection
Subjects Tobacco industry
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Tobacco Industry
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS