Sunday, December 21, 2014


The simple flatware found in early Amana community kitchens was made of ebony wood or bone from steer or stag horns. The inlays were pewter rivet decorations of crosses, stars, and more. The knives were about 9" , the 3-4 tine forks were 7 3/4" long. These were of Civil War era around 1865 and used in great numbers in the community kitchens. Companies that made these were Beaver Falls in Pennsylvania, Landers,Frary and Clark to name a couple. They are collectible and still used at the local Founders Day Communal Style meal  in High Amana.

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