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Lot 180: Slater Brothers Thick Handle Knife with Sheath

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Documented Slater Brothers Thick Handle Knife with Sheath Pictured in "The Antique Bowie Knife Book"

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Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Documented Slater Brothers Thick Handle Knife with Sheath Pictured in "The Antique Bowie Knife Book"

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Made c. 1860 by Slater Brothers of Sheffield, England, a firm founded in 1853 by brothers Warrington and Walter Slater. This exact knife and its sheath are pictured and described on p. 278-279 of "The Antique Bowie Knife Book" by Adams, Voyles, and Moss. It measures 13 3/16 inches overall with a 9 1/8 inch drop point blade. The left ricasso is marked with the Slater Bros. beehive trademark and "SLATER/BROTHERS/SHEFFIELD". The rare, nearly 7/8 inch thick, hilt is German silver with a simple elliptical guard, grey and white horn grip scales with a blank German silver initial escutcheon on the left, and a simple oval shaped pommel. Includes a blue leather sheath with gilt floral and border accents and German silver fittings.

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Very good, the blade mostly a bright grey patina with some scattered patches of darker grey patina and light surface pitting. There are a few light nicks in the edge near the ricasso. The German silver shows an attractive, bright, slightly aged patina. The grip scales are fine with some light handling marks scattered throughout. The sheath is very good with moderate wear.



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