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Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles....... 172

Hero Member Posts: 947
Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:15:23 AM »
This is sort of a continuation of an earlier post of knives with fancy handles and bolsters.These knives for the most part are unmarked with a maker's name save for the sterling hallmarks.Many are marked COIN(indicating a .900 silver content vs.a .925 silver content for sterling) and some with just a number.Although I have a book that decodes sterling marks I really haven't bothered to date them.So without further ado here are a bunch of fruit knives.
Hero Member Posts: 947
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 01:55:13 PM »
Adding a few more to the post:
#1 The first pearl fruit knife I ever bought about 40 years ago.Not readily visible is a groove cut around the perimeter of the handles.
#2 Nice threaded bolsters.
#3 This one has it all:carved handles fitted with piquing(tiny silver pins inserted in a pattern);engraved blade and all in it's original purse(not shown).
#4 I think this one is French due to the crescent shaped nail mark and strange hall mark.
Hero Member Posts: 947
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 02:01:02 PM »
A few more:
#1The flaw in the pearl handle looks almost like a fingerprint.
#2 This is one of the smallest ones I have ever seen.Just over 2 1/2 inches long.
#3 a double end model with engraved handle(sadly the other side is missing).
#4 A very ornate handle.
Hero Member Posts: 947
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 02:07:56 PM »
A few more:
#1 A very ornately engraved blade and handles that show extensive wear(unusual for a fruit knife).
#2 This one may be USA made(very unusual hallmark)Initials are:"G.W. to M.E.W." Could it be George Washington to his wife Martha? Who knows?
#3 Fancy handles engraved,"Sophia T. Durant".This knife dates to the 1920's;near the end of the fruit knife's popularity.
#4 Another well worn one.
Hero Member Posts: 947
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 02:12:00 PM »
Last ones for now
#1Same as the last one in the previous picture but in much better shape.Made in Birmingham England.
#2 & #3 Two more earlier Birmingham knives.
#4 A well worn coin silver fruit knife.
Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 38,659
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 02:22:59 PM »
 :like: :tu:
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,276
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 03:25:02 PM »
These are visually appealing to me.   :like:

Esse Quam Videri
Hero Member Posts: 947
Hero Member Posts: 947
Hero Member Posts: 947
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,276
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2019, 08:50:23 PM »
Such a neat collection.  Thank you for sharing  :like:

Esse Quam Videri
No Life Club Posts: 4,422 Geometry cuts but the steel determines how long.
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2019, 08:55:57 PM »
Ray I always enjoy your posts.  :tu: :tu: :tu:
Some of those handles look like silverware, very very unique.

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,646
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2019, 02:22:54 AM »
More awesomeness Ray!     :like:

What? Enablers! Are you serrrrious? Where? I dont see any.

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 16,848 I'm not a pessimist, I'm an experienced optimist!
Re: Fruit knives with silver & pearl handles.......
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2019, 06:25:02 PM »
Some real treasures in there, Ray  :tu:



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