Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 161: R. Bunting & Sons, Sheffield Fighting Knife

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Desirable R. Bunting & Sons, Sheffield Fighting Knife with Sheath

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Desirable R. Bunting & Sons, Sheffield Fighting Knife with Sheath

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Made by Robert Bunting & Sons of Sheffield, England c. 1833-1840 during the short time Robert was in business with all three of his sons. Robert was initially listed as a knife maker in 1822, his sons later joining him, and continuing with a partnership between Robert and his son Richard until Robert's death in 1850. Richard continued the business into the 1860s with his son under the name "R. Bunting & Son". It measures 11 11/16 inches overall with a 7 5/8 inch blade that likely originally had a clip point but now bears stronger resemblance to a drop point. The left side of the blade is marked "MANUFACTURED BY/R.BUNTING&SONS/SHEFFIELD". The hilt is German silver and fitted with a plain elliptical German silver guard with a fluted ferrule at the top of the grip scales which are pearl. There is a small hole for a lanyard drilled in the pommel. Includes a red leather sheath with gilt floral and border accenting and German silver fittings, as well as an added brown leather sleeve with a belt loop that slides over the other sheath.

Rating Definition:

Very good, the blade mostly bright with some scattered patches of light pitting and evidence of extensive sharpening which has slightly changed the shape of the blade. The German silver shows bright patina overall. The grip scales are fine with a hairline crack, a few minor chips, and otherwise minimal handling evidence. The sheath and sleeve are very good with some mild wear.

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