knife, dessert

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Dessert knife. Straight steel blade with rounded tip and “yankee” style bolster. Blade and bolster are one piece of steel fitted into a tapered ivory handle with rounded sides and butt. Blade is discolored with rust spots and corrosion. Ivory is discolored and cracked near bolster.
Blade is etched: “TRADE/MARK/LANDERS FRARY & CLARK/AETNA WORKS”; with image of arm holding hammer inside a triangle.
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
1880- 1897
Landers, Frary & Clark
place made
United States: Connecticut, New Britain
Physical Description
ivory (handle material)
metal, steel (overall material)
overall: 1/4 in x 8 1/16 in x 3/4 in; .635 cm x 20.47875 cm x 1.905 cm
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accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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