Stunning!

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Stunning!

Post by Mumbleypeg » Fri May 14, 2021 2:42 pm

Not every day that we get an opportunity to see a work of art like this, (The price is a stunner too! :lol: ) https://www.ebay.com/itm/402837599848?h ... SwYtNgmYuy

Seller says the knife is mint - it’s clearly not. But it is a rare beauty and considering the age it’s in great condition. Pack a lunch if you want to read the description.

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Re: Stunning!

Post by herbva » Fri May 14, 2021 3:14 pm

Without a doubt, that is the longest ebay description I have ever seen. ( No, I couldn't force myself to read all of it.) I couldn't help wondering why, with such a valuable and beautiful antique, the seller didn't get the missing chunk of ivory in the next to last picture repaired (pile side, on the end with 2 blades)? ::hmm::
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Re: Stunning!

Post by Colonel26 » Fri May 14, 2021 3:31 pm

You’re right on all accounts. It is an absolutely stunning knife, and that is the most long winded description I’ve ever seen.

I have no idea what a knife like that is worth, or even how you’d appraise it. But, I’m sure we’d all love to have one like it in the collection. I know I would.
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Post by kootenay joe » Fri May 14, 2021 3:53 pm

The seller repeats himself many times in the ridiculously long description. Is this seller known in the knife collecting community ?
And, what is the "New England Treasure Trove Collection" ?
The missing piece of ivory on the back side definitely affects value even though seller barely mentions it.
Very hard to know actual market value with a knife this unique and rare.
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Post by Gunsil » Fri May 14, 2021 5:39 pm

Yep, this seller is usually very long winded and half of what he says has nothing to do with the knife for sale. He often has spectacular knives for sale at exorbitant prices but if one goes to "sold listings" you never see the knives. He sells a lot of cool stuff for sure but only his "cheaper" knives seem to sell on the bay, maybe he sells elsewhere. I could not find the closed length in his description yet he is a knife guy and knows that is important to collectors. I have seen ivory lock back fancy early Sheffield whittlers sell for between $1500 and $3,000, he is just asking too much. Of course, that is his prerogative.

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Re: Stunning!

Post by Ivoryman » Fri May 14, 2021 6:07 pm

Good luck getting 8 grand for that broken junk. Missing piece, crack all the way across on the other side, and lots of superfluous rambling in that description. Usually you don't get enough info. This one is toooooo muuuuuuuuuuuch, get serious, get an editor. And get real on the price.
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Re: Stunning!

Post by Dan In MI » Fri May 14, 2021 6:36 pm

It's neat, but for that price...I'd rather buy a couple of trucks. That ridiculously long description is made even worse with the text and background. Very hard on the eyes and unpleasant to read.
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Re: Stunning!

Post by knife7knut » Fri May 14, 2021 9:39 pm

I checked some of the other items he has for sale and he does have quite a few older knives for sale.One thing I noticed is he advertises a folding saw as a knife which I am sure is pretty difficult to mistake.I grew up in New England and never heard of this so-called,"Treasure Trove" Sounds like a Yuppie run upscale antique store.
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Re: Stunning!

Post by btrwtr » Sat May 15, 2021 12:46 am

Beautiful knife but the crack and missing chunk of ivory are big minuses in my book. Rediculous ramble that is half the value if you like paying for the story instead of the knife. Mint? Uncarried??????????
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Re: Stunning!

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Sat May 15, 2021 1:49 am

Biggest crock I have seen. If the knife is as old as he says it is, how can he say or would he know it has never been carried?
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Re: Stunning!

Post by rea1eye » Sat May 15, 2021 3:15 am

Not a mint knife.

Like it has been said previously the description is superfluous. Also, if you really
wanted someone to read all that why would you use that pegboard background in your
“essay”. I bet he would take a lower price if asked. I am not interested though.

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Post by kootenay joe » Sat May 15, 2021 9:04 am

This whittler has 2 springs. The original old whittler construction had one spring that was split down the middle for about 2/3's of it's length.
I had thought that this 'split spring' construction was used until after 1850. So is this a very early example of using 2 separate springs ? Or is this knife not as old as 1830 ?
There are a few collectors in Britain who specialize in collecting the very old 'exhibition' grade Sheffield knives and know the full provenance of many of these knives. Hence when this knife was made might be known. The rest of us can only guess.
I doubt this seller is one who actually knows when this knife was made.
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Re: Stunning!

Post by toomanyknives » Sun May 16, 2021 1:40 pm

That is a fantastic knife, but I do get fed up with the way the word "mint" is thrown around on Ebay and other forums. That one is clearly not "mint". I usually just use the term "near mint", and do this... :wink:
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Re: Stunning!

Post by 1967redrider » Sun May 16, 2021 3:32 pm

::rotflol:: ::rotflol:: ::rotflol:: ::rotflol:: ::rotflol::
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Re: Stunning!

Post by Reverand » Wed May 19, 2021 2:30 am

toomanyknives wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 1:40 pm
That is a fantastic knife, but I do get fed up with the way the word "mint" is thrown around on Ebay and other forums. That one is clearly not "mint". I usually just use the term "near mint", and do this... :wink: IMG_1694 (2).JPG
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