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Object ID # 2011.051.017
Object Name Knife, Dinner
Title Knife From a Picnic Set
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date Likely 1910s
Made Thermos Ltd.
Place of Origin Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Description Blunt, stainless steel dining knife. It has a plain, smooth, ivory-coloured handle, which is likely enamelled. The blade is impressed with a maker's mark of a crown above a ring, with the lettering "MADE IN SHEFFIELD ENGLAND" on a pedestal. Below this are the words: "STAINLESS / STEEL". The knife is 1 cm thick, 20.3 cm long and 2.2 cm wide. It is accompanied by its four mates. (See RELATED).
Makers mark The blade is impressed with a maker's mark of a crown above a ring with "MADE IN SHEFFIELD ENGLAND", that is on a pedestal. "STAINLESS / STEEL" is below.
Provenance Manufactured by Thermos Limited, in Sheffield, England. The brand began in 1904, as Thermos GmbH. In 1907, it was sold to three companies: The American Thermos Bottle Company of Brooklyn, the Thermos Limited company of Tottenham, England, and the Canadian Thermos Bottle Company Limited of Montreal. Likely dates to the 1910s.

Violet Toms (née Krause) could not remember when this item was acquired. It was likely first owned by Cecil Toms' parents. It then belonged to Cecil Toms of Owen Sound, Grey County, whose family farmed in Sydenham Township for many years. He was married to Violet Toms of Williamsford, Grey County. In the 1930s, he owned and operated Toms' Garage and Service Station in Owen Sound.

Last owned by David Toms of Owen Sound.
Collection Food Service Tools & Equipment
Material Stainless Steel/Finish or enamelling
Dimensions W-2.2 L-20.3 D-1 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Function Used as part of a picnic set around 1910.