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Username Post: 1904 worlds fair knife        (Topic#789392)
corelokt308win
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02-22-07 15:43.39 - Post#1163883    



Hey all,
Got referred here from a gun site I frequent with a request for the value of a knife I have.

It was given to me by my grandmother, who said her uncle won it at the 1904 worlds fair in St. Louis.

The knife has engraved on it:

LADERS FRARY & CLARK
EATNA WORKS
and near the tang,

GRAND PRIZE
ST. LOUIS 1904

The tang is a little loose, not bad. The blade has light scratches on it.
I will post a link to my photobucket account, and hope it works.



 


bernard_levine
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Re: 1904 worlds fair knife
02-22-07 16:02.34 - Post#1163900    


    In response to corelokt308win

Welcome!

It's funny how stories get turned around in the retelling.

Landers Frary & Clark was the biggest cutlery company in the world in 1904. Their factory complex in New Britain CT was called the Aetna Works, named after the famous volcano, Mt. Aetna. Their display of cutlery and small appliances won a Grand Prize Medal at the St Louis Worlds Fair that year. In later years they etched this inscription on many of their knives.

This knife was not a prize. Nobody won it at the fair. It was not even made until later.

The knife is a bowie-style hunting knife. The point was broken off and re-shaped.

BRL...
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corelokt308win
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02-23-07 03:40.25 - Post#1164118    


    In response to bernard_levine

Thanks. I can use it instead of putting it away, good to know. Thanks again.
 
nifman
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02-24-07 15:52.21 - Post#1165450    


    In response to corelokt308win

I can barely see the knife because my computer is on it way out, but it looks like it may be etched on the blade, as I said it is hard to see so it may be stamped, but it is still a nice old knife, and if it is a etch I would try to keep it in good shape. I guess if it is used with caution it will not hurt anything as it is not mint. But I try to keep a good old knife in as good as condition as I can. 90+ give or take 20 years is still a old knife. Just my 2 cents worth.
Dennis AKA nifman


 


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