knife, dessert

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Dessert knife. Straight steel blade with rounded tip. Blade and tang are one piece of steel fitted with pewter bolster. Bone scales are riveted to tang with brass pins to form a block handle with flat sides, chamfered edges, and a rounded butt. Minor scratches and discoloration overall. Greenish residue surrounding pewter.
Blade is stamped: “LANDERS FRARY & CLARK/PATENTED SEPT. 25, 1866”
US58242 A, Sept. 25, 1866, James D. Frary, Hartford, Connecticut, for “Improvement in manufacture of knives and forks”
Maker is Landers, Frary & Clark, New Britain, Connecticut (c. 1862). In the 1890s, took on the name “Universal”, in 1965, General Electric acquired the company.
Currently not on view
date patented
ca 1866
Landers, Frary & Clark
place made
United States: Connecticut, New Britain
Physical Description
metal, pewter (bolster material)
metal, steel (overall material)
bone (scales material)
metal, brass (pins material)
overall: 7/16 in x 8 1/16 in x 13/16 in; 1.11125 cm x 20.47875 cm x 2.06375 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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