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19TH CENTURY TRADE KNIFE AND SHEATH LARGE BLADED KNIFE WITH A GREAT APPEARANCE FRONTIER MADE:  The type of knife that everyone searches for, this set has all the appearance of an early frontier made knife and sheath.   

 Measuring 13 in overall length, with an 8 blade, the knife is fashioned from heavy steel stock, perhaps a sword blade or a wagon spring.  The blade retains some tool marks, but is overall bright with no pitting obviously well taken care of during its period of use.  The scales are hand made and are attached with three large hand hammered copper rivets.  The blade shows considerable use and repeated sharpening, evidence of its long use.    

The sheath is made of heavy harness leather in two pieces attached around the edge with split copper rivets and burrs.  There is a considerable build up of verdigris around the rivets and several of the burrs have been pushed off with the pressure of the green deposits.  Even so, the sheath is still intact with none of the rivets missing.  There is a pair of belt slots on the reverse that would accommodate a belt approximately 1 wide, about the width of the early percussion and cartridge conversion pistol belts before cartridge loops became common.   

This set has a great look and feel to it and from all appearances is a product of life on the frontier, carried by an early plainsman or Indian who depended heavily on its size and heft.  (0702)  $875



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