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Posted 7 years ago

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Received this with other family "treasures" when my great grandmother passed away a couple years ago. I don't know much about antiques but would like to know more about it. From my online research I discovered the handle is whale bone. There are two "stamps" on the inside, one is initials (first initial definitely a W , second looks like an X or a K. Below that is a symbol that looks kind of like a rook in a chess set but it really could be anything. Trying to get more information about it so when I pass it on my son will have more information on it than I currently have, which is very little. Thanks is advance for your help!

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
    I think the mark on the left is the Lion's head mark for London.
    There is no crown on his head so that will put it after 1821.
    The mark below at six o'clock is the King's head mark of George IV.
    The WK could be William Knight II.


    The faint mark at 12 o'clock is the British sterling mark of the lion rampant.

    There should be a letter mark at three o'clock. It has been worn, but I think it is there. If it is g=1822, h=1823, i=1824, k=1825, ..... u=1835, A=1836, B=1837.
    After that the head is of Queen Victoria.

    So you can pitch it between 1822 - 1837.

    The handle is nice. I love these turned handles.

    I haven't seen any WX marks from this period.

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