Dinner knife. Straight steel blade with rounded tip and “yankee” style bolster. Blade and bolster are one piece of steel fitted into a brown hard rubber handle with rounded sides and butt. Blade is scratched and discolored with minor rust. Handle is nicked in two spots.
Blade is stamped: “INDIA RUBBER HANDLE/CUTLERY Co/C. POPRENHUSEN’S/PATENT MARCH 31, 1857”
US 16955 A, March 31, 1857, Conrad Poppenhusen and C.F. Edward Simon of College Point, New York, for “Making Table-Knives”
Maker is the India Rubber Handle Cutlery Company, active in the mid-19th century in New York.