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Lot 1220: John Lingard, Sheffield Etched Blade "American Hunting Knife"

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Attractive John Lingard, Sheffield Etched Blade "American Hunting Knife" with Rare Velvet Wrapped Sheath

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Attractive John Lingard, Sheffield Etched Blade "American Hunting Knife" with Rare Velvet Wrapped Sheath

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Manufactured c. 1830s to 1850s by John Lingard of Sheffield, England. Lingard was one of many small time knife makers in Sheffield, with his business being run out of his residence, before larger factory manufacturing began to take over in the 1850s. In 1852 this address was registered as 83 Pea Croft, where he was also listed as the keeper of The Star Pub, a side business also run out of his residence that ensured income even if the knife trade went cold. This example measures 12 1/2 inches overall 7 9/16 inch clip point blade that is beautifully acid etched on the left side with a large American eagle, as well as the phrase "AMERICAN HUNTING KNIFE". The left ricasso is marked "LINGARD/SHEFFIELD". It's fitted with a simple elliptical German silver guard, tan and brown horn grip scales with a blank German silver escutcheon on the left, and a German silver pommel cast with floral and crown motifs. Includes a rare and desirable, royal blue velvet wrapped sheath with German silver fittings.

Rating Definition:

Fine, the blade mostly bright with some scattered darker spotting and patches of light surface pitting, and the etching mostly well-defined. The German silver shows an attractive lightly aged patina. The grip scales are very good with a few minor natural imperfections on the edges, some light dings on the escutcheon, and otherwise light handling marks. The unique sheath is fine with some mild wear and a few scattered minor stains.

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