knife; cutlery, set, part of

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Knife, part of a picnic set with matching fork (1986.0531.062B). Short, straight steel blade with pointed tip and pewter bolster. Blade and tang are one piece of steel fitted with 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 facing one another, knife and fork fit together. Metal is scratched and stained overall, minor rust, nicks in bolster. Wood is separating towards butt.
Blade 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: 7/16 in x 7 3/8 in x 3/4 in; 1.11125 cm x 18.7325 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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