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Old Swiss pocketknife ? 1081

Hero Member Posts: 871
Old Swiss pocketknife ?
« on: September 01, 2009, 06:09:14 PM »
Hi guys, need some help one this old pocketknife, which to me looks to be Swiss made.
The knife is obviously used and has been sharpened, but it's still in very good usable condition as well as still quite sharp.
I bought it from an elderly gentleman who had it for sale on a Dutch auction site.

The knife sports a spearpoint main blade, a clip-point secondary blade, and a corkscrew.
All items are made from carbon steel, and so are the liners (which show some corrosion).
The handle material looks to be celluloid and a small red shield with a white cross is inlayed flush into it.
Knife is of the riveted construction and it even has a nice brass bail.

Despite it's age, the knife is still very usable with a lot of life left in it.
Both blades still open & close quite snappy.

The maker's mark is the image of a key, imprinted in the main blade, but i'm unfamiliar with this maker.
Does anyone here have an idea about who made this and how old the knife is ?













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Re: Old Swiss pocketknife ?
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 06:19:31 PM »
I can't help I'm afraid :-\

But what a beautiful piece :tu:

Give in, buy several Farmer's!!!!!!
Wielder of the Bow of Banishment. Admin Team Point Of No Return Posts: 31,343 El Presidente del Fan Club Micky D
Re: Old Swiss pocketknife ?
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009, 06:48:34 PM »
Like Mike I've no idea, sorry.  But it is a lovely piece. :tu:

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Hero Member Posts: 840
Re: Old Swiss pocketknife ?
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009, 07:09:07 PM »
all what I know ( not 100% sure ) that is made in France. I've seen many like this at Ebay and some
of the sellers say that Is French.
SURE this is NOT SWISS ( Victorinox )

M.TEX
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Re: Old Swiss pocketknife ?
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009, 07:24:48 PM »
all what I know ( not 100% sure ) that is made in France. I've seen many like this at Ebay and some
of the sellers say that Is French.
SURE this is NOT SWISS ( Victorinox )

It is clearly not Vic (Robert will know that), but I have no ideas.  Sorry.

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Hero Member Posts: 871
Re: Old Swiss pocketknife ?
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2009, 11:37:10 PM »
Thanks to Bernard Levine we have the answer.
The pictured knife was made some years after 1812 in Thiers in France, by a maker called Antoine Fonteix, and it was meant for export to Switzerland.

That means you were headed in the right direction M-Tex,  :salute:
« Last Edit: September 01, 2009, 11:39:17 PM by kwakster »
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,407 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Old Swiss pocketknife ?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2009, 12:42:35 AM »
I have one of those as well and I always was under the impression that it was French too.

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Hero Member Posts: 840
Re: Old Swiss pocketknife ?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009, 02:46:06 AM »
 Yeap good to know my 2 cents were right...and not just BS....
 Like I said you can find this kind of knife sometimes on Ebay and I guess I got the
 information from there...
 Glad my info helped somehow....

M.TEX
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Re: Old Swiss pocketknife ?
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2009, 04:03:44 PM »
I was going to say it was  French made by Pradel...

 

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