This New York Life Insurance Co. Advertising Stanhope Pocketknife is in excellent condition and a rare find as such. The Art Deco design handles are coined of 800 silver and marked so on one of the scales. It is a 3 bladed pocket knife boasting a small blade, a large blade and a combination nail file / cuticle tool that is in the form of the New York Life Building in Manhattan. All of the blades are near perfect condition showing only the slightest use and they have they been sharpened. The handles are in great condition and show some slight dark patina in the depths. Both the large and small blade tangs are stamped by the manufacturer "A. FEIST & CO. SOLINGEN" and a faced moon with 3 stars. Both blade tangs also have "GERMANY" stamped on the reverse sides. The main blade (large) is also stamped "LUNA" on the face of the blade. The stanhope is cleverly located in the blade pin and shows a view of the New York Life Insurance Co. building. It has an upper caption that asks the question "DO YOU OWN PART OF THIS BUILDING?" and a lower caption that states "HOME OFFICE / NEW YORK LIFE INS. CO." The stanhope image is easy to see however it is not as clear to view as it could be. There is no bubbling in the image but it may have slight scratches on the domed end of the lens which slightly obscure the view. This is a common malady among pocketknives with stanhopes caused by carrying them a pocket with keys,change and other metal objects. Made circa 1920-1930. Such knives were produced in 2 different versions. There is later version of this knife that usually shows a different building and with other captions. This is the earliest of the NY Life Ins. Co. knives.
3 1/4" long, 1/2" high 1/4" wide
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