This is a late 19th-century (circa 1890) Victorian Sheffield 3 bladed folding antique penknife.
Real mother of pearl panels on both sides.
High carbon antique steel blades. Stamped "REPEAT NEEDHAM BROTHERS SHEFFIELD". (One blade has been snapped off)
Carbon steel, which unlike stainless steel, can be ground to a very sharp cutting edge. Early/antique folding knives were made using carbon steel.
DIMENSION: Length : CLOSED 8.3cm (3 1/4"). Main blade 5cm (2"). approx.
CONDITION: Good condition. One blade has been snapped off. The hinges are firm but do not give a strong snap sound when closing. One end of the pearl panel has a small split.
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