Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

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Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by 44-henry » Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:11 am

I picked this up in an antique shop near Lancaster, PA and was hoping someone here might be able to help me identify it. I suspect it is quite old--as for how old that is the question. Makers mark on the blade appears to be GRAYSON, but I could be way off with that. Measures about 8 1/4 overall, blade is about 3 1/4 inches. Bone handle. What are your thoughts on age and origin? My plan is to use it as a model to build a reproduction at some point.
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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by 44-henry » Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:13 am

A few more pictures of it. First is a photograph of an archelogical find on display in the Museum of London. The measurements of this one are nearby identical to what the museum piece is. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by 1967redrider » Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:39 am

I get "GRAYSON" too and think I've heard that type of jigging referred to as "scratted." Looks pretty old and English to me, I'm sure some better opinions will be along soon.

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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by Miller Bro's » Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:42 am

Nice looking knife.

I have this one that is very similar, the blade is stamped Cast Steel.
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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by 44-henry » Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:59 am

That is neat, any idea of the age on that one?

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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by richard » Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:31 am

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RARE ANTIQUE GRAYSON CARVED BONE STAG NAVY WHALER SAILORS ROPE KNIFE OLD VINTAGE

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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by richard » Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:35 am

is this the same knife you have ? was sold on ebay 2017.
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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by 1967redrider » Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:36 am

The ol' eBay completed listings search comes through again! :mrgreen:
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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by edge213 » Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:39 am

44-henry wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:11 am
I picked this up in an antique shop near Lancaster, PA and was hoping someone here might be able to help me identify it. I suspect it is quite old--as for how old that is the question. Makers mark on the blade appears to be GRAYSON, but I could be way off with that. Measures about 8 1/4 overall, blade is about 3 1/4 inches. Bone handle. What are your thoughts on age and origin? My plan is to use it as a model to build a reproduction at some point.
I would say mid 1800s.
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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by 44-henry » Wed Sep 08, 2021 2:13 am

Sure looks like the same knife. It wound up in Lancaster, PA and I didn't pay anything close to what it sold for on Ebay. Definitely the oldest pocket knife I currently own.

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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by doglegg » Wed Sep 08, 2021 3:18 am

A very good find. 👍 ::nod::

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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by galvanic1882 » Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:24 am

You posted the knife on BF and I sent an answer with info on the maker

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Re: Early 19th Century Pocket Knife Questions

Post by 44-henry » Wed Sep 08, 2021 2:25 pm

I had seen the information you provided on the other forum, but it seems seems that Benjamin Grayson & Son were involved more in the work of Britannia metal goods and electro plate. I didn't see any indication of him employed as a cutler. He could have been in his earlier years I suppose. Maybe I missed something though. I also see that the Sheffield directory of trades and professions lists a Grayson in 1821-1822, but again the occupation may not be right either. I wouldn't have a hard time believing this knife could be closer to the 1820's than the 1870's though.

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