Meriden Cutlery Co.

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Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby Beechtree » Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:52 pm

The Meriden Cutlery Company (1878-1883), took over by L.F.&C. (1918-1925), made some very fine kitchen implements. If you have any, I am curious to see them. Here is a Meriden Cutlery Co. carving set with stag handles, nickel silver bolster and ferrule (it might be sterling although I am unsure). Stamped on the blade is "DOUBLE SHEAR STEEL MERIDEN CUTLERY COMPANY". There is a patent date, "PAT D MAY 7 TH 1878" on the fork. The carving knife is quite pitted, but it is still a very fine piece of steel.
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby FRJ » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:42 am

Beachtree,
I'm glad I saw this thread.
That's a nice looking set you have there.
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby Beechtree » Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:45 am

Thanks Joe,
Every thing about it feels like it is very high quality. The stag if very fine and the weight of the blade is fantastic.
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby Miller Bro's » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:55 pm

Outstanding set!
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby Beechtree » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:54 am

Thanks Dimitri,
While they are very pitted, it is still very wonderful steel. The carving knife would still cut a bird or steak up with no problem.
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby TripleF » Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:09 pm

I just scored this beauty today...
On the butt it has something engraved: 1/2 Mile, 1st Place, L.& B.C.

The stag is epic
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby Beechtree » Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:08 pm

Nice looking carving knife Scott. I like the combination of stag with a sterling ferrule. This looks to have been made by L.F.& C., what does the stamp look like?
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby TripleF » Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:13 pm

Here's the stamp......
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby Beechtree » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:49 am

Scott, sorry about the delay. Great pictures by the way. In an article written by Richard Dutton, Meriden Cutlery Co. was in business from 1855-1916, at which point they were purchased by Landers Frary & Clark or nearby New Britain. LF&C continued to use the Meriden name until 1924. I do believe that it was a high end line. As for your set, I don't know during which time period it was made. It has a very similar appearance to LF&C carvers I have seen, but this could be due to similarity in patterns. Just my two cents, I have always thought that the older stamp was the kinds with the anvil along with the name, but I have no old catalogs for this determination. Also, the stamp on your knife is interesting. 1/2 mile seems like a short race but It depends on whats racing.
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby knife7knut » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:34 am

Beechtree wrote:The Meriden Cutlery Company (1878-1883), took over by L.F.&C. (1918-1925), made some very fine kitchen implements. If you have any, I am curious to see them. .

Here is a set I own by LF&C Aetna Works.
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby Beechtree » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:41 pm

This is a beautiful set K7K. The sterling is a fine pattern and the stag looks great, not to mention the original case!
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Re: Meriden Cutlery Co.

Postby wlf » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:56 pm

Great examples of cutlery fellas,thanks for showing them,beautiful pieces.
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