This wonderful antique pocket knife is a Peters Brothers "three blade bone whittler". Peters Brothers Celebrated Cutlery was founded in Solingen, Germany in the early 1870's.
Since its founding in 1374, Solingen, Germany has been an active center for the production of high quality steel.
All three blades contained within this pocket knife are made from Solingen steel. There is a long spear blade, a pen blade and a file. Each is stamped "IXL Peters Brothers Celebrated Cutlery" on the tang. We believe this pocket knife was manufactured no later than the mid 1880's.
The handle is made from richly oxidized bone and features a dazzling pattern of inlaid mother-of-pearl.
As you can see, there is a large bird in the center surrounded by a pattern of leaves. You will also find three brass pins on each side; the liners are also made of gold-colored brass.
The bolsters are nickel-silver and exhibit decorative indentations near the tops.
The bone on the handle exhibits some chipping and wear, though the mother-of-pearl is in great shape. The spear blade has a strong open and close while the pen and file have an open, close and half-snap action.
The blades show quite a bit of wear and darkening, as well as some slight pitting. This is priced to consider the condition. Overall, this highly-collectible knife remains in good overall condition.
Measurements: Handle (w/ bolsters): 3 ¾" long, ½" wide, approx. ½" wide Spear blade: 3" long Pen blade: 1 5/8" long File: 1 5/8" long Weight: 55.5 grams (1.96 oz)