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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:25 pm 
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We have found ourselves with a Winchester knife (4" blade) that is engraved with Barnum & Baileys Circus on the blade. Has anyone ever seen something like this? Barnum & Bailey Circus was purchased by Ringling Bros. in 1907 and run as faux competition well into the late 19-teens. To our knowledge, the circus in question has NEVER been known as "Barnum & Baileys Circus", but Barnum & Bailey Circus.

If there is a chance that an expert out there might have a sense of what this knife is or a lead as to why the altered name, we would be thrilled.

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:51 pm 
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I've got a Case XX Throwing knife. That says it. I think there is an S on Baily. The picture isn't so great. Maybe the etcher just screwed up and added an S

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:33 pm 
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Our knife was given to us under the pretense of being a "canvasman's knife" of a particular vintage, but considering the non-traditional spelling of Bailey as "Baileys", it has given us some pause. If this knife is the real deal, it would have to be at least pre-1919, but most likely pre-1907. Considering the exacting detail of the circus' brand (i.e. the lithographs, heralds, and couriers), I find it hard to believe that someone would screw up an engraving for what must have been a large number of knives (of which, only this example has ever been heard of).

What is this thing?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:49 pm 
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It looks like a traditional fixed blade rope knife that is commonly found over here in a set with a marlin spike and pair of pliers.

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