knife, dessert


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.

Date Made: 1880- 1897

Maker: Landers, Frary & Clark

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, New Britain

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Domestic Furnishings


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0531.068Accession Number: 1986.0531Catalog Number: 1986.0531.068

Object Name: knife, dessertObject Type: cutleryOther Terms: Knife, Dessert; Cutlery

Physical Description: ivory (handle material)metal, steel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1/4 in x 8 1/16 in x 3/4 in; .635 cm x 20.47875 cm x 1.905 cm


Record Id: nmah_323879

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