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Posted by Sue OldsWidow on March 29, 2013 

A place to post all that beautiful silver and gold fruit knives.

Pearls and silver....who could ask for more!

Knife Jewelry..........

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Reply by Anita Wood on April 2, 2013

Oh My goodness me! Ooooh lala..... My collection is a working progress..... ill post some pics shortly... :)

Reply by Anita Wood on April 2, 2013 

One from my collection......

Reply by Sue OldsWidow on April 3, 2013

very nice ones too....Anita

I like seeing the boxes too....

adds to the history !

Reply by Sue OldsWidow on April 7, 2013

INPUT for How to Collect Fruit Knives

Posted by Sue OldsWidow on March 27, 2013 

Antique fruit knives were small knives used to slice fruit. They were sometimes made collapsible as folding knives. The knife is made of pure metal. The acid in the fruits would rust knives that weren't made from genuine alloys. The majority of quality antique fruit knives were made in England.

Identification

Antique fruit knives should be made from metal other than stainless steel. Silver, gold and silver plate was often used. That is an indicator for age, as these metals were made before stainless steel, which was invented in the 20th century. Anything considered antique is at least 100 years or older. Antique fruit knives will also not be made from any type of plastic. Lucite handles on knives are considered collectible; more from the vintage era and not antique, because Lucite was made in the 20th century.

Where to Find Antique Fruit Knives

Antique fruit knives are found in antique malls, thrift stores, consignment shops that sell used kitchenware and specialty dealers. They are also found at online auctions, such as Ebay. Go to any auction site online, and type into the search engine "antique fruit knives," and see what comes up. When buying antique fruit knives in sets, they range from four to six pieces. Some sets may be worth more as a group, though some individual fruit knives could be deemed valuable if made from elaborately designed materials, such as ivory, mother of pearl, and pure gold.

Condition

Quality knives are considered never used or with very little damage--nothing that could detract from value. Marked pieces may bring a higher value. Marked pieces can also help identify knives and help determine value as well. With marked pieces, collectors can easily look up the company in price guide books and get, if not an accurate estimate, a ball park figure as to what worth may be. Collectors can also bring their antique fruit knives to a specialty dealer or auction house for an appraisal.

How to Clean Antique Fruit Knives

When cleaning antique fruit knives, use the gentlest of substances, like mild liquid dish-washing detergent; the kind that removes grease, but is safe for hands. Never soak an antique fruit knife in any solution if there are semi precious jewels attached to the handle, for the cleaning agent may loosen the stone away from its setting. Always soak fruit knives in a bowl of warm water, mixed with one or two squirts of liquid dish-washing detergent. Soak for ten to twenty minutes, then rinse clean under tap water, and dry with a soft towel.

Reply by Sue OldsWidow on March 27, 2013

Silver Pocket Fruit Knives.
 
If you are reading this then there is a high probability you are a keen collector of the humble fruit knife which up until fairly recently could be purchased at reasonable prices mainly on the internet auction site Ebay, Rules have changed regarding the selling of folding knives in the UK which was a major blow to many collectors of these little pieces of history.
 
The pocket fruit knife comes in many differant shapes and sizes with handles of made from many differant materials but the most common and by far the most collectable are examples with Mother of Pearl handles, How many times have you found that early example, Desperate to have it to find the handle is chipped or cracked?..Like all areas of collecting finding that early or scarce piece in excellent condition is part of the fun of collecting.
 
By far the most frequently found examples were assayed in the English Cities of Birmingham and Sheffield, However examples can be found which were assayed in Chester,London and even from Dublin.
 
  Pocket fruit knives are folding knives which contain a cutting blade intended specifically for fruit. Because the acid in fruit juices will rapidly discolor a carbon steel blade, cutlers offered these knives with blades of silver, gold, or silver plate (rarely other materials), which better resist corrosion. With an elegant fruit knife in your pocket, you were prepared for whatever fruit-dining opportunity might present itself.
 
Perhaps no area of knife collecting has been so unfairly neglected as these fruit knives. In design, quality and ornamentation many represent the pinnacle of the cutlers art, and yet it seems that relatively little attention has been paid to them. Inexplicably, collector values have languished well below those fetched by steel-bladed knives of comparable quality, but perhaps that's all about to change.
 
Dart Silver always carry a selection of silver bladed fruit knives so please take a few seconds to view what we currently have for sale at what we feel are some of the most competitive prices on the market.
 
 

Reply by Anita Wood on April 2, 2013 

Thanks for that info Sue :) You bet me to it... was going to put up the same thing! :) Great minds think alike!.

Reply by Sue OldsWidow on April 5, 2013

lol...Anita....you got right...and btw...i do like your taste in knives....checked out all your new posted photos...those are real show stoppers!

Reply by Anita Wood on April 6, 2013 

Thanks Sue, Those are a few of the bling style knives, have others but if I put them all up it would take ages..... :) 
 

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