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Old 27th December 2021, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default Fine engraved full steel knife - Italian?

Hello,

I purchased this nice knife. It seems that handle and blade are made of one piece of steel. The handle shows a forged or cut eagle head, the blade is engraved on both sides with an eagle with a snake and a lion's head.

total length: 20cm; blade length: 11,5cm

I have two questions and I am happy for all answers and suggestions:

1. Some 18th and 19th century italian knives are similar to this piece but not equal. So, were it could been made?

2. How old could it be?


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Old 28th December 2021, 01:54 PM   #2
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Eagle and snake is a classic Mexican motif, so I would suggest Mexico as origin.
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Old 28th December 2021, 05:40 PM   #3
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Eagle and snake is a classic Mexican motif, so I would suggest Mexico as origin.

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Old 29th December 2021, 11:41 AM   #4
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Thank you guys, I looked in the internet for mexican knives which are similar to my piece. There are some knives with eagle heads on the handle or an eagle with a snake (and maybe a cactus) as motif on the blade. But in most cases they are bowie-knife-like, missing fine engravings (19th century examples sometimes have a good quality etching) and/or made with other techniques. For example, I didn't find any full steel pieces.
Most mexican knives of any age are of lower quality and don't look very similar to my piece. So it is a bit doubtful for me if it is mexican. Maybe somebody have a picture of a more or less similar piece or other suggestions?
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Old 29th December 2021, 12:19 PM   #5
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There are a few sheffield made spearpoint bowies with mexican snake/eagle motif on the pommel. They also made bowies of all types with cutlery style metal handles. Your looks like a superior grade spearpoint (Mexican?) bowie. I like it in any case.
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There's an interesting piece here on the forum on the knives of South America titled. A Short Essay About Gaucho Knives. The one being discussed does share some characteristics.
Some were made in Solingen.
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Old 29th December 2021, 05:58 PM   #7
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There's an interesting piece here on the forum on the knives of South America titled. A Short Essay About Gaucho Knives. The one being discussed does share some characteristics.
Some were made in Solingen.

My first impression before noting the Eagle & Snake was it was very Gaucho-looking. Googling Mexican and/or gaucho didn't turn up anything for me tho. it'd, as usual, help if we had a scabbard to consider. (My gaucho knives do not have false edges on their spines though the OP subject one may have had one added by an owner.)

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