knife, dinner

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Dinner knife. Straight steel blade with slightly pointed, rounded tip and “yankee” style bolster. Blade has slight “S” curve. Blade and bolster are one piece of steel with tang, fitted into celluloid handle with rounded sides and blunt butt. Handle has carved molding at top and bottom. Scratched and stained overall, minor rust on blade.
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.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1912
Landers, Frary & Clark
place made
United States: Connecticut, New Britain
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
plastic, celluloid (handle material)
overall: 3/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 13/16 in; .9525 cm x 23.8125 cm x 2.06375 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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