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Hello.  Found a small pearl handled knife, curled to a pointy tip on the end, quite sharp still.  It has the name Bigelow, Kennard & Co. on the blade, which I am assuming is sterling?  Where the steel meets the handle there is some movement, not real stable, almost as if it could snap if used.  Thank you for your thoughts.


Hi, Mary.

It would be unusual for a knife blade to be made of sterling since sterling is generally considered too soft for this purpose. Most blades are made of stainless steel or silver plate.

Knife blades often have a long slender shaft that fits down in the handle and is held in place with a cement compound. Over the years, this compound can crack resulting in a loose connection as you described.

This company existed in several forms until about 1922. It's hard to say exactly when the knife might have been made. Depending on its size, it might be a master butter knife or a fish knife.

I do not know its value. My guess is that it does not have a great value but it depends on the pattern and demand for that pattern.

Sorry I don't have more info.

Best wishes,


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