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Author Topic:   Landers Frary & Clark pearl-handled sterling fruit knife
K

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2005 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just been given a fruit knife, and I'd love to identify its probable age and the name of the pattern it belongs to, plus any other information about its probable history. Can anyone here help me find out?

I regret that I don't have a photo.

In my case:
= The boundary bands are simply two welts, the outer perhaps twice the height and breadth of the inner, with the STERLING stamp between the outer boundary band at the blade end and the guard.
= The pattern between the bands consists of the same ring twice, each time with its base toward the nearby boundary band, and empty space between them almost as wide as a third such ring.
= Each ring is a waving ribbon, raised where it moves directly toward the other ring, hollowed where it slants away, repeated four times around the circumference of the "sleeve". A sprig of five almond-shaped leaves - two side-by-side pairs and then one at the end - springs from the base of each wide section and crosses the hollow section, centered on the flat and wrapped around each edge.

If you've read this far, thanks for your patience in wading through my inexperienced description!

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2005 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi K!
From the "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" by Dorothy Rainwater....I am paraphrasing........In New Britian Ct. Landers, Fray & Clark began as a partnership in 1842 with George Landers & Josiah Dewey & became Landers & Smith Mfg. Co in 1853 & Landers, Fray & Clark in1865. They then bought the Meridan Cutlery Co. in 1866. They discontinued their flatware making around 1950. To read more I suggest getting a copy of the book. If there is a specific Pattern name & I find it I will let you know. There seems to be a lot of those knives around too, if you wish to add more.
Welcome to the forum & Happy New Year!
Jersey

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 01-03-2006 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi again K!
From what I have been able to find there seems to be no specific pattern names for this line of fruit knives. If you do a search by the company name thru online silver matching services you may be able to find one that matches yours. Most of the them use a numberical reference.
BTW Rainwaters book may be in your library & if not, do a search for used book sellers. It definitly is available in major book stores as well. Good book to have.
Have a good one!
Jersey

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