This is an extremely Rare and collectible "Art Gallery" stanhope pocketknife made by George William Korn. Korn was an inventor and importer circa 1880-1919. This unusual pocket knife example features 5 risque stanhope images of early actresses or showgirls within a rotating wheel in the knife handle. This lobster pattern pocketknife is 3 5/16 inches long when closed and has two blades, one long (2-1/8") and one short (1-1/2"). Both blades show only slight wear, The blades are tight and have good snap and each is stamped KORNS' PATENT on one side of the tang and ART CUTLERY on the other side. The handles are imitation ivory and the front handle is engraved "ART GALLERY". The handles are in excellent condition as well with no cracks or other maladies. The handle material is likely Parkesine or Galalith or some type of French Ivory. This knife contains multiple separate stanhopes (5) in the handle, each showing an individual view of an early showgirl or actress. Three of the stanhope images are titled and the remaining two are not. The titled stanhopes include Lizzie Webster, Otero and Jaeger. The stanhopes are housed in metal tubes within the handle and are concealed by a rotating nickel silver disc with a single hole in it. Rotating the disc will reveal each of the stanhopes one at a time. All of the stanhopes are very clear and none of them show any signs of deterioration or bubbling common to stanhopes. This is an attest to how well made this knife is.
All G. W. Korn Pocketknives are considered rare and among the highest class of collectible pocketknives. This example is unknown to all knife sources at this point. It is original and authentic and in remarkable condition, making it a great piece for any pocketknife or stanhope collection.
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