Object Title

Knife and scabbard - Shakespear Knife Model No.4

Knife and scabbard - Shakespear Knife Model No.4

Date

1865-1900

Object Number

X.386

Provenance

Purchased at auction from Wallis & wallis, Lewes, November 1973

Physical Description

Grip of chequered and stained wood, in two pieces with three rivets through the tang. It is of wasted form and terminates at the lower end in a plated ferrule. This is recessed on the outer side to hold a spring catch, now missing. The blade is straight, double edged and convex in section. It terminates in a spear point. In a decorative plaque on the outer side is etched: 'SHAKESPEAR KNIFE / WILKINSON . PALL MALL.'.

The scabbard is of ridged leather, with a belt loop and frog stud. This has a milled edge and is decorated with two concentric circles. Just above the stud is a gap where the retaining spring emerged.

Condition: The retaining spring is missing.

Techniques

Milling, Chequering, Staining, Etching

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength198mm
BladeWidth32mm
ScabbardLength224mm
ScabbardWeight82g
ScabbardWidth40mm
DaggerLength314mm
DaggerWeight262g
OverallWeight344g

Inscriptions and Marks

makers name and model
'SHAKESPEAR KNIFE / WILKINSON . PALL MALL.'
face of blade near hilt
engraving

Associations

Notes

Summary sketch by PJL on inv. file (copy in IBE).
This knife was designed by Colonel Shakespear, in the about 1860. See H L Blackmore, 'Hunting Weapons', London, 1971, p.74, which gives details of the catch. See also R Wilkinson-Latham, 'The Shakespeare & RBD knives', 'Guns, Weapons & Militaria', 1.10, August/September 1982, pp. 28-30.