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as new! original late 1800s - Kansas Pacific Railroad - I. Wilson Sheffield – ‘Trade’ KNIFE



Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.

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 as new!  original late 1800s -  Kansas Pacific Railroad  -  I. Wilson Sheffield  –  ‘Trade’ KNIFE  (Image1)
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Item Number: 6273

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Rarely encountered in any kind of acceptable condition, this late 19th century I. WILSON EX. SYCAMORE ST. SHEFFIELD ENGLAND marked, fixed blade, working knife remains in fine, unused condition while showing good evidence of age and originality throughout. Additionally and equally as significant to the historian / collector is that the grip offers the unmistakably original, integral die strike KANSAS PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY. Commonly referred to by collectors as a fur trade knife, this rarely seen, fine condition, example measures 10 5/8 inches in total length with a 6 1/8 inch blade. (An article in the 1/20/2014 Tactical Knives Magazine advised that: English I. Wilson Sycamore Street knives migrated to the American frontier in the late 1800s becoming a recognized presence among frontiersman. further that the vast majority most highly prized of the knives sold through the fur-trade supply houses to the mountain men and Indians in the far west were those of I. Wilson. The informative article advises that rather than the monster blades imagined by the modern crowd, period records show 5, 6 and 7 inch models were far more common.) A principal transportation that link from Kansas City to Denver, the Kansas Pacific Railroad opened up settlement of the central Great Plains, and became a major factor in the support of the buffalo hunting trade from early construction of the railroad line when the Kansas Pacific Railroad hired men like Buffalo Bill Cody to hunt the bison to feed thousands of rail laborers to the late 1800s when trappers who had depleted the beaver populations of the Midwest began trading in buffalo robes and tongues. This all original, never used and never sharpened Kansas Pacific Railroad Company marked knife will make an outstanding addition in any number of collecting categories.
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