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Some minor scratches or tiny hairline cracks - it is difficult to see which they are. The blade is stamped with a makers name in Inverness but I can't make out the name. There were very few showrooms within Sheffield, where visitors could come to look at and buy goods in plush surroundings.
Good condition, but some pitting to the blade. The blade is stamped with the retailers name R.
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The blade is recurved with a long false edge and is stamped with a trademark and name. The name is now owned by Egginton Brothers and is still being stamped on Sheffield made cutlery today. The carving on the scales is undoubtedly original factory work because the pearl had to be thick enough to provide sufficient depth for the carving.
As well as producing an unrivaled range of pen and pocket knives, the company became famous for their exhibition cutlery, which showed off the skill of the cutlers working for them. Dirty sleepy untouched condition. Main blade locks plus pen blade, saw, button hook, screwdriver, corkscrew, bradawl and spike. Complete with the original sheath.
The shield escutcheon is missing from the scale and the german silver end of the sheath is loose. Covered overall with a rust patina. When the officer objected the headman told him that a British traveller had given him a Rodgers knife and told him they could cut through iron, something a prisoner in chains had done.
Main blade plus pen blade, buttone hook, hoof hook, corkscrew, bradawl and spike with sliding tweezers and pricker in the scales. Eventually, as Rodgers expanded, it would acquire surrounding property until the famous Norfolk Street Works occupied the entire plot. Leather and stitching on sheath is in very good condition. Frank Bibby owned a shipping line and was a very wealthy man who had Mamore Lodge built for him in Scotland. No hallmarks but I think the mounts are solid rather than plated.
The blade is beautifully etched on both sides - the etching on one side is the mirror image of the other. Unfortuanately the blade has obviously broken in the past and someone has shortened it so that the knife can continue to be used. The knife does show some use and a few knocks along the back of the blade.
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