Excellent display quality, rare percussion knife pistol by Unwin & Rodgers with larger spear point blade etched “SELF / PROTECTOR” with floral decoration at the spear point, manufactured circa 1860.
The tapered 3 3/8 inch octagonal German silver barrel in .31 calibre is Birmingham proofed, with brass sheathed folding trigger . Two folding spear point blades, both marked “UNWIN & / RODGERS / HUNTING / KNIFE” are retained by horn grip scales with rivets.
The rear of the grip has three, cavities, one for a German silver mould, one for German silver tweezers and the butt with German silver hinged trap for balls and caps. The mould and tweezers are intact. The larger blade is 3 ½ inch long and the smaller blade is 2 3/8 inches long.
Overall: Open 9 7/8 inches (25 cm) long. Closed 6 ½ inches (14 cm) long. Unwin & Rodgers, Sheffield, Yorkshire 1827-1868. Patented the “knife- pistol” in 1860, patent no. 2801.
Excellent condition overall, with minor blemishes on the blades. The best example that I have seen in more than forty five years of collecting and dealing.