Object Title

Knife and scabbard

Knife and scabbard

Date

1869-1870

Object Number

X.382

Provenance

Acquired October 1973, by excahnge with A.N. Miller.

Physical Description

The grip consists of two plates of mother of pearl riveted to the casing of the channel which accommodates the folded blade. The grip is terminated by rounded pieces of silver at each end and has a silver, oval, release button in the centre of one side.
The back of the grip is formed by the spring which hilds the blade in the open position. To fold it a catch on the back is pressed, disengaging the spring.
The blade is longer than the grip and when folded nearly half the blade is exposed. It has a ricasso and then becomes gradually wider, the back curving more sharply towards the point.
The scabbard is made of brown leather tooled in imitation of crocadile skin and has a belt loop and an associated suspension chain.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Knife: Overall length: 308 mm (12.1 in), Blade length: 195 mm (7.6 in), Scabbard: Overall length: 270 mm (10.6 in), Weight: Knife: 10 oz, Scabbard: 5 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

All the silver pieces have London hallmarks for the year 1869-70 and the maker's initials W.S. & Co.On the back of the scabbard: (tooled in gold) 'P. KERR SMILEY'.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Summary sketch by PJL on file (copy in IBE).