Object Title

Knife and scabbard

Knife and scabbard



Object Number



Purchased October 1999

Physical Description

Grip of two horn scales held in place by two rivets; one of which has a centrally set plain nickel silver[?] plaque. Crossguard apparently formed in two parts; on each side ornate quillons and quillon block (of nickel silver?) are formed in an integral piece with a liner which fits between the tang and grip scale.

Double-edged blade with spear point; of diamond section for approx. half its length.

Scabbard of wood covered with black leather and decorated with two lines of gold decoration on each side. On one side, embossed in Gold (now worn) is 'I*XL'. Mounts of nickel silver comprise mouthpiece with stud, and shoe.


Dimensions: Overall length (knife): 200 mm (7 7/8 in.), Length of blade: 105 mm (4 1/8 in.), Length of scabbard: 113 mm (4 7/16 in.) Weight: Knife: 95 g (3.4 oz), Scabbard: 10 g (0.4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On one side of the blade, at the shoulder 'I.XL/ GEORGE/ WOSTENHOLM/ SHEFFIELD


Places Britain


George Wostenholm & Son were Sheffield knife-makers, active from about 1694 onwads. Based at Rockingham Works, Sheffield and Washington Works, Sheffield after 1847 (Tweedale 'The Sheffield Knife Book: a History and Collectors Guide' Sheffield (1996).