American Silversmiths

James Frary
Anne Taylor
(Abt 1784-1845)
Darius Benham
Cynthia Cone
James Ashbel Frary
Susan Benham
James Darius Frary


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James Darius Frary
  • Born: 20 Sep 1833, Meriden CT
  • Died: 25 Mar 1890

  General notes:

Cutlery manufacturer

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked in 1851 as a manufacturer in Meriden CT in charge of his father's britannia shop.
  • He was a partner in 1853-1889 with George Marcellus Landers and John Woodruff Clark in New Britain CT as LANDERS, FRARY & CLARK.
  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Meriden CT, listed as a manufacturer.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at New Britain CT, listed as a manufacturer.

  • He was issued patent number 226,994 on 27 Apr 1880



    SPECIFICATION: forming part of Letters Patent No. 226,994, dated April 27, 1880.

    To all whom it may concern:
    Be it known that I, James D. Frary, of Bridgeport, in the county of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, have invented a new Improvement in Pocket-Knives; and I do hereby declare the following, when .taken in connection with the accompanying drawings and the letters of reference marked thereon, to be a full, clear, and exact description of the same, and which said drawings constitute part of this specification, and represent, inó
    Figure J, side view; Fig. 2, detached view, illustrating the construction; Fig. 3, longitudinal section.
    This invention relates to an improvement in that class of pocket-knives in which the handle is made from cast metal, the object being to combine a whistle with the handle; and the invention consists in the construction, as hereinafter described, and particularly recited in the claim.
    A represents the cast-metal handle, which may be of any desirable form, and B the blade. At the end of the handle opposite to that where the blades are hinged a hemispherical shell, C, is cast as a part of the handle.
    D represents a corresponding hemispherical shell, having a whistle, E, at its axis, and opening into the shell. The part D E is formed of like metal, and the two parts 0 D are set together and soldered, so as to form the spherical shape, as seen in Figs. 1 and 8.
    The whistle opens into the shell, and by the shape greatly increases the volume of sound which may be produced by the whistle.
    By casting one half the shell on the handle and the other half with the whistle the production of the knife is made very cheap. In fact, the construction of the whistle adds but a trifling cost to the knife.
    I claimó
    A cast-metal pocket-knife handle having the half-shell C cast as a part of it, and the other half-shell, D, cast as a part of the whistle E, and the two shells united, substantially as described.

    James D. Frary

    J. H. Shumway
    Jos. C. Earle

  • Pocket knife whistle, c 1885
    Private Collection

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