Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 330: Scarce Will & Finck Gut Hook Knife

Auction Date: September 11, 2015

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,500

Scarce Will & Finck Gut Hook Knife

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 122
Class: Other

Operating out of San Francisco, Will & Finck manufactured a wide variety of knives and gambling equipment, and are associated with the California Gold Rush. While most known for their fancier bowies and push daggers, the firm also supplied simple and functional working knives for the Western settler and laborer, most of which would be used to the point of destruction on the Frontier. 8 1/2 inches overall, with a 4 1/4 inch sharply recurved blade marked "WILL & FINCK/S.F. CAL." on the left and a 1-piece stag horn grip.

Rating Definition:

Good. The blade shows mild spotting, rust and sharpening, with the address sharp and clear. The grip is very good, and may be a field-made replacement from the period of use.

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