18 CENTURY IVORY HANDLE KNIFE
This is a very interesting knife and I have had two opinions on its origins one being that it is a 18th century Indian knife and the other that it is a French knife due to the fact that the French made knives with what is referred to as the Dog-face Lion head. Due to its quality I tend to swing to the French made knife. If there is anyone that can also give an opinion I am always learning.
Regardless this is a great knife measuring 480mm in the scabbard. The lion head handle is made of ivory with small lion head bosses to the silver ring at the base of the handle the cross guard is beautifully finished. The blade is of folded construction and has two ivory plugs which may indicate that it has been blessed with holy water. The scabbard is complete and in good condition.
This knife is quality and would have cost a great deal of money to be made in its day indicating that someone of importance owned it.