Object Title

Knife

Knife

Date

1875-1930

Object Number

X.1688

Provenance

Acquired from Hampshire Police, knife amnesty 23/01/1996.

Physical Description

With decorative handle and lock blade withclipped point. Handle: principally consisting of two iron or steel liners joined by rivets and upon which are mounted the spring, blade, bolsters and the decorative coverings. At the end opposite to that where the blade is hinged, two small lugs on the liners serve as a mount for a small brass lever, approximately 2.75 cm. (1.062 in.) long, which serves to depress the spring and unlock the blade. One end of the lever is formed with a rounded projection which is serrated on its edge. Two brass bolsters with convex outer faces are fitted on each end of both liners . Each has a chamfered outer end and a square inner shoulder. The whole surface of the chamfer is covered with parallel incised line decoration. The curved outer faces are decorated with two transverse bands, approximately 5 mm. (0.312 in.) wide, of fine cross hatching contained within a border of two pairs of parallel lines. On the pommel bolster, these are adjacent to the chamfer and the shoulder. On the blade bolster they are inset and are separated from the chamfered end by a shallow groove and from the shouldered end by a border composed of alternately inverted triangles.


The decorative coverings, of which there are four (two on each side) appear to be a mixture of bone or ivory, horn or tortoishell, brass and steel arranged in a symmetrical geometric pattern between the bolsters. They are equally divided lengthwise by a brass band having irregularly serrated edges and decorated with a stylised fern running centrally within it.
Spring: has a geometrical pattern cut upon the full length of its exposed edge.


Blade: of typical clipped point form with the back rising to a peak half way along its length and then descending through an 8.75 cm. (3.5 in.) long blunt false edge to the point. The length of the main cutting edge is 15.25 cm. (6 in.). The tang is cut to take the lock, formed as a lug on the spring. There is a pronounced kick on the tang at its junction with the cutting edge. The flats of the blade exhibit a cross-hatch pattern of incised lines over approximately 70% of each surface. There are also a small number of slightly oblique lines on the back of the blade close to the junction with the false edge. Some of the lines which make up the cross hatching, especially at the junction of the edge and the tang, have a pronounced curve. It is suspected that the blade, may in fact, have been made from a file and these marks on the faces and back edge of the blade are remains of the file teeth which have been distorted and partially obliterated in reshaping and grinding of the blade so formed.


Condition on acquisition: The blade has traces of finger mark staining over a significant proportion of the blade which is otherwise clean. and retains a good cutting edge.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: with blade open, 35 cm (13.75 in.) , blade length: 18 cm. (7.25 in.) from end of tang to tip , blade width: 26 mm. (1 in.) at widest point., handle length: 18cm. (7.25 in.), Weight: 275 g. (9 3/4 oz.)

Associations

Places India

Notes

After cataloguing, a red staining was noticed in some of the incised decoration on the grip scales. It seems possible that this was due to a spillage of thinner while the object was being numbered (PJL, 04/07/1997).