While this post is years old, I thought I'd offer some comments for anyone, like me, who wandered into reading this forum in order to gain or exchange information on American folding fruit knives. Tifft & Whiting formed a partnership in the mid-1800s and were respected silversmiths based in North Attleboro, MA. The company later became the Whiting Manufacturing company. Their fruit knives are especially desirable because of the quality of their workmanship and the readily recognized maker's hallmarks: a cockerel, their maker's mark "T & W", and their arm & hammer stamp, (which leads some beginner collectors to think the knife may have been made in Russia!).