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Zoomorphic Clasp-Knife

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A zoomorphic clasp-knife dating from the 18th century; the steel blade stamped with maker's marks, set without a spring between horn scales shaped into the form of a horse's head.

 

Perhaps French, mid 18th century.

 

The scales appear to be formed from a single piece of thick horn rendered pliable and folded, then held in place with three rivets of steel through brass rings.

 

Considerably worn from several lives of use resulting in a beautiful all-over state and patina. 

 

open length 8.5 inches.

 

Item Code: 4319

£ 380

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