A rare model of an English officer’s campaign knife by Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield. Designed for contract tender for the proposed prototype Prince of Wales Tour Presentation 1875 knife. With single edge blade with swaged clip point, with back edge elaborately file worked with scallops reaching up to the herringbone file work of the inset folding blades. The blade is marked “Jos. Rodgers & Sons” “Cutlers to her Majesty” logo of ‘Maltese Cross’ and ‘star’, ‘crown’ and ‘VR.’ Twin chequered horn grip scales with milled liners. The ferrule and domed pommel of nickel/silver, with cut recesses for steel implements of locking pincers, pricker, folding lancet and spring scissors. Main hilt holds folding pen blade, button hook, awl and corkscrew.
In its mint original brown leather throated belt scabbard with nickel silver mounts.
Locket bears engraved royal crest cypher with inset Prince of Wales plumed feathers and script initials of Prince’s initials “A” and “E”, reverse below suspension ring shows script legend stating “Presented in High Esteem.”
Pictured on page 97 of “The Heritage of English knives” 2008, by David Hayden-Wright.
Fine condition. Overall length 8 5/8 inches (22cm). Blade 4 inches (10 cm)