This nice example of a Prussian-made knife has the Prussian crown medallion in the wooden handle. Note that the contoured blade is one piece extending entirely through the handle and is secured with decorative brass rivets. The blade is 7.25 inches; overall the knife is 12 inches, including handle. Note also the hand forged hilt (expertly fashioned). Much of the blade engraving has worn off; it shows the maker's mark partially and the a portion of the name "HEL..." and then GESETZLICH GESCHUTZT, likely followed by PRUSSIA, which has worn off. "GESETZLICH GESCHUTZT" translates "legally protected" (i.e. patented). An exceptional feature here is the folk-made sheath. The eccentric piece is hand carved from one piece of wood and uses woven cane to secure the blade. We do not authoritatively know age, speculate it is circa WWI era. Place this ensemble in the category of another thing we had never seen before -- always entertaining. Condition: Shows signs of normal use, of course, as do most of these vintage trade knives. No damage to handle or blade. This type of knife was intended for utilitarian use, and would not have been put away in a cupboard. It is fully functional, holds a good edge; would also make a nice period display piece.
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