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KNIFE, DINNER
[Food Service Tools and Equipment]


Accession Number: 2008.49.88

Physical Description: Fred Harvey silver and stainless steel dinner knife. Albany pattern. Steel knife blade is narrow and has a rounded tip. All edges are dull. End of handle has an Art Deco, fan-like design. Fred Harvey name stamped on one side of the handle near the tang. Second mark stamped on one side of the blade near the base.

History of Object: Donor was a collector of tableware used in Fred Harvey restaurants. In 1876, Fred Harvey established a chain of restaurants, located at railroad meal stops, that provided quality food and service to travelers on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Though born in Scotland, Harvey settled in Leavenworth, Kansas, after the Civil War when his job with a railroad relocated him there. His job required much travel by rail, and he found the food on his trips unsatisfying. This led him to develop the Fred Harvey Company and establish a line of restaurants. He is credited with founding the first chain of restaurants in the US.

Date: Between 1935 and 1945

Dimensions (in cm): 22.30 (H) 2.00 (W) 1.00 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [one side of blade near tang] IN S CO // [one side of handle] FRED HARVEY //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Business / Organization: Fred Harvey (Firm)
    Origin, Place of: Meriden (Conn.)
    Theme/topic: Restaurants
    Theme/topic: Railroads

Creators and Contributors

    International Silver Company

Status: Cataloged

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