This is a large Georgian-George III early 19th-century (c1800) Sheffield sterling silver & mother of pearl folding knife.
Genuine mother of pearl panels on both sides, with an inscribed cartouche.
The hinge is firm but does not give a very strong snap. Minor wobble.
The blade still has a good gauge and thickness of silver - not flimsy.
Reeded bolsters at both ends.
HALLMARKS: Sheffield, STERLING fineness 92.5%. Maker's mark not struck, this is common for early/pre-1820 George III penknives.
DIMENSION: Length : CLOSED 9cm (3 1/2"). OPEN 16cm (6 1/4") approx.
CONDITION: Good condition with some minor wear consistent with age and use. No splits to the mother of pearl panels. The streaks on the panels are reflections and natural textures, not cracks.
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