George Wostenholm Washington Works Sheffield hunting knife IXL-marked blade, ebony wood handle. Original tubular leather sheath, rare Victorian era type in great overall condition, considering the age.
Scarce Victorian era hunting knife manufactured circa 1848-1890 by the famous “Cutlers to their Majesties” George Wostenholm & Son in Sheffield, England. George Wostenholm (later G. Wostenholm & Sons) had been one of the best makers of knives, bayonets, swords, and various cutlery in the British Empire since 1745; sadly, the company has been sold in 1971. This is a very well made vintage Hunter – the overall quality and balance is excellent; the blade is slightly pitted at the tip but intact; hard-to find original tubular leather sheath is included. The handle is finely carved exotic African ebony wood with nickel-silver collar. Ricasso is stamped with the famous I✱XL trademark (I Excel); G. WOSTENHOLM & SON / WASHINGTON WORKS / SHEFFIELD. ENG. on the blade. The “WASHINGTON WORKS” logo was used from 1848 to 1890.
The blade has been e-sharpened – it’s very sharp still; the tip is intact. No edge nicks or dings on the spine – rare this nice. Ebony wood handle with silver-nickel pins and bolster is in great shape overall; one thin age-related crack is noted for accuracy; all parts are solid with no play.
The knife is about 10-5/8″ / 27 cm overall; the blade is about 6″ / 15.2 cm long; the knife has an excellent grip and sits quite nicely in the hand. Original tubular brown leather sheath in very good overall condition, considering the age. The leather is still soft, all original stitching and the belt loop are intact. Original intact leather sheaths of this period are VERY hard to find nowadays. This scarce Victorian era George Wostenholm Washington Works Sheffield hunting knife IXL-marked blade Hunter will be a great addition to any collection – don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
I have a small but very interesting collection of various edged WW1 and WW2 era weapons available for sale. Don’t forget to check out our Militaria section for other WW1 and WW2 era combat knives, including German WW1 era trench knives, vintage USAF WW2 Pilot Knives and a couple of rare WW2 “OSS Drop” knives we offer for sale.
Argocoins accepts all major credit cards and payments via PayPal as forms of payment. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a credit card purchase over the phone. Old-fashioned checks and money orders will work as well; please take a look at the Payments section within our Terms and Conditions for additional details.
FREE USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. FOR THIS ITEM
International shipping for this item will be $38 and up to most countries on our “ship-to” list.