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Mr.Jerry
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Hello Knife people-

I picked this one up in a group of other military knives and daggers and I am trying to ID it.  I would be tickled if it a known Civil War era fighting knife. It is well made, fairly long, almost elegant.  This is the only pic I have now, but hoping to get a jump on it from someone who knows more than I.  Thanks!

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Knife looks like what some now call a "London Hunting Knife" or "English Adventurers Knife" by collectors. These were made circa 1870's - 1930's or so for English soldiers and colonial hunters. The styles were also copied in India and Germany.

 

Ron Flook is the biggest authority on these, you might try dropping him a note -   http://www.militaryandantiqueknives.co.uk/home-1.html .

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The grip material may be telling.  No fuller and flat blade, maybe a gentleman's fishing/fillet trout&bird knife.  I've an older one that is much smaller than a typical cuttoe/hirschfanger/hanger and has a fish incorporated to the guard.  A stiff fullered 16" blade. 

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Your's does look like English work.  Look for leads on the catalogs.  Post in the Bernard Levine room at BF 

 https://www.bladeforums.com/forums/bernard-levines-knife-collecting-identification.691/

 

If venturing into hunting blades, Blackmore's 'Hunting Weapons' belongs on a shelf (or bedside).

Heck, even Eric Clapton is a fisherman.

 

ACW use?  Anything produced before or during may well tickle up a yarn or two ;)

 

Cheers

GC

 

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Horn does not checker well at all.  Wipe it down with a wood cleaner/polish.  The pins simply being graved/cut by the same tool. They were likely offered checkered or smooth and machine checkered.  Ebony or walnut, I would think.  Horn is fibrous and would lose its definition pretty quickly. The grip on mine above is polished wood.  If the peaks are really round, I guess it could be pressed but then the pins are cut.

 

Cheers

GC 

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