fork; cutlery, set, part of

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Fork, part of a picnic set with matching knife (1986.0531.062A). Short three-tined fork with flat baluster stem. Tines, stem, and tang are one piece of steel fitted with pewter bolster into a wooden handle with rounded sides and blunt butt. Handle is comprised of two pieces of wood riveted to tang with brass pins. When placed facing one another, knife and fork fit together. Metal is scratched and stained overall, minor rust, nicks in bolster. Wood is separating towards butt. No mark.
Blade of matching knife is etched: “UNIVERSAL/L.F.&C.”
Maker is Landers, Frary & Clark, New Britain, Connecticut (c. 1862). In 1890, L. F. & C. took on the Trademark “Universal”, in 1965, General Electric acquired the company. The company began using the abbreviation “L.F.& C.” in 1898, this mark is dated 1912.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1912
Landers, Frary & Clark
place made
United States: Connecticut, New Britain
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
wood (handle material)
metal, pewter (bolster material)
metal, brass (pins material)
overall: 3/8 in x 7 1/4 in x 3/4 in; .9525 cm x 18.415 cm x 1.905 cm
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accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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