IXL George Wostenholm Celebrated Cutlery animal leg quill knife

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IXL George Wostenholm Celebrated Cutlery animal leg quill knife

Post by gabatgh » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:07 pm

So I just dug this out of a box of antiques (mostly medals and 100+ year old ceramic items).

I didn't know anything about it when I found it, but after a few searches with the visible partial name, and all the info here at the forums, I know that it's an IXL George Wostenholm Celebrated Cutlery quill knife. I'm guessing it's a deer leg. There's clearly markings inside the slabs, but I cannot tell what they're made of. It also looks like the blade has been sharpened a few times.
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Post by doglegg » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:11 pm

gabatgh, I have never seen on of those before, amazing. ::tu::

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Post by Ridgegrass » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:14 pm

Looks like a horse's leg. Neat! French ivory (celliuloid)? J.O'.

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Post by edge213 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:51 pm

Hard to tell from the pictures, but it might be real ivory.
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Post by knife7knut » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:22 pm

Ridgegrass wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:14 pm
Looks like a horse's leg. Neat! French ivory (celliuloid)? J.O'.
Definitely looks like ivory to me. That knife was likely made before celluloid was even invented.
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Post by gabatgh » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:29 pm

knife7knut wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:22 pm
Ridgegrass wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:14 pm
Looks like a horse's leg. Neat! French ivory (celliuloid)? J.O'.
Definitely looks like ivory to me. That knife was likely made before celluloid was even invented.
Well, celluloid was patented in 1869, to substitute for ivory for (mostly) billiard balls, false teeth, and piano keys.

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Post by Steve Warden » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:32 pm

Ridgegrass wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:14 pm
Looks like a horse's leg. Neat!
That's what I thought.
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Post by knife7knut » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:49 pm

gabatgh wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:29 pm
knife7knut wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:22 pm
Ridgegrass wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:14 pm
Looks like a horse's leg. Neat! French ivory (celliuloid)? J.O'.
Definitely looks like ivory to me. That knife was likely made before celluloid was even invented.
Well, celluloid was patented in 1869 substitute for ivory for (mostly) billiard balls, false teeth, and piano keys.
I believe that Wostenholm was using the "Celebrated Cutlery" mark from about the 1840's when the Washington Works was opened.
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Post by Ridgegrass » Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:01 am

Given our ebay knife conversation I was hesitant to go out on the ivory limb. :D But I do agree it looks a lot like ivory. J.O'.

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Post by Gunsil » Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:30 am

Very cool knife!! Goins attributes the "Celebrated Cutlery" mark as 1850s-1890s, Levine says 1860s-90s, many regard it as a post civil war mark, still a cool knife. I have also seen English horse leg handled dirks from the 1870s-80s era. Looks like ivory to me too.

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Post by kootenay joe » Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:00 am

Handles are elephant ivory & very good quality. Superb old knife. I have never seen one of these with an animal leg likeness. Usually it is a "Ladies Leg".
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Post by btrwtr » Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:31 am

It is a horse leg figural. I had one some years ago and the handles were ivory and was marked Needham Brothers Celebrated. Very unusual figural and this is only the second I've seen. The knife I had was in super condition was sold to a dealer for $150 so not a cheap piece. I think it would well qualify as a quill knife.
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Post by Ridgegrass » Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:38 pm

KJ: Maybe it's a lady horse. :D

(Sorry, couldn't resist.) J.O'.

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Post by gabatgh » Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:47 pm

Ridgegrass wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:38 pm
KJ: Maybe it's a lady horse. :D
What a night-mare of humor :D

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Post by doglegg » Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:27 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
gabatgh wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:47 pm
Ridgegrass wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:38 pm
KJ: Maybe it's a lady horse. :D
What a night-mare of humor :D

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