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I received two beautiful old Sheffield (I think) stags today.

You can see one is a foldingg knife and the other is a very large Bowie or hunting knife (?)  I'm not sure.  I bought these from a guy on All About Pocket Knives (AAPK).  I have bought a few knives from him over the last two years and I always print out info when I buy them but I can't find it today.  And he always sends printed info when he ships a knife, but not this time.

And what do you know....the Bowie or hunting knife has absolutely NO makers marks of any kind on the knife.

The folding knife appears to say GEORGE/WOSTENHOLM on one tang.

Both are beautiful historical knives.  Both look like they are from the 1800s.  The Bowie looks to me like a Civil War era knife----from the 1850s.

I love the Bowie style knife because it has a great silver butt plate on the handle!!!  It would be a great place for a mark or a name, but there is nothing or at least nothing has survived.

 

If this looks familiar to any of you let me know whats what, cause this is not my usual kinda knife.

 

 

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Comment by Robert Burris on June 12, 2012 at 15:55

They are both really sweet, I enjoy getting to see them Lee, thanks.

Comment by Lee Saunders on June 12, 2012 at 15:47

Yes I'm thinking it is more of a table form knife like carving. The blade isn't like the width of a butcher after I looked at it some more last night.

The Wostenholm closed is 5 1/8th.  It's a big knife.

Comment by Smiling-Knife on June 12, 2012 at 13:22

Upon further consideration, the fixed blade looks more like a carving knife, perhaps originally in a set with a fork.

Comment by Smiling-Knife on June 12, 2012 at 13:16

Great looking knives. The Wostenholm pruner certainly looks from the period 1880s-1910. What is the closed length please?  The other knife looks like a butcher knife IMO. Both have fantastic old stag. Thanks for posting them.

Comment by Lee Saunders on June 12, 2012 at 10:06

That would be great Steve  I look forward to it

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