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Username Post: masticator knife early 1800's        (Topic#943220)
peted
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11-19-16 04:09.00 - Post#2627668    



This is one of me recent finds. It’s a knife with three blades for cutting food into small pieces.
Its 9.75” open and the blades are 4.75” long and all the same size, the outer blades converge towards the centre blade and when new I suspect when new the gap between them was even.
The scales are of stag and the handle tapers from 1” at the blade hinge end to 0.75” at the other end. There are some strange spacers between the springs that create this taper. The three blades are stamped with “M Bowden” or just “Bowden” or nothing on one of the outer blades. I can’t find any indication to the place of manufacture and the stamp is on the blade and nothing on the tang.
I await your views.

Pete
 


lambertiana
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11-21-16 17:42.20 - Post#2627687    


    In response to peted

Interesting knife. Bowden is not listed in Goins or LG4, so I can't help with date or possible maker.
 
peted
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11-21-16 22:29.20 - Post#2627688    


    In response to lambertiana

Lambertiana

I have been told on the BB site that there was a Joseph Bowden on Newcastle Street, Sheffield in 1837,and one in 1787 but none the initial M.
What is lg4?
 
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12-18-16 15:50.46 - Post#2627958    


    In response to peted

LG4 is Levine's Guide to Knives, 4th edition.
 
peted
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12-26-16 07:53.06 - Post#2628077    


    In response to lambertiana

Ah easy when you know but thanks, the maker is not listed in any reference book I have either.
A friend of mine spoke to Geoffrey Tweedale of "Tweedale's Directory of Sheffield Cutlery" He had a Bowden in his records but not with the initial M.
I've found two Bowdens possibly father and son living in Sheffield one listed as a table knife cutler and one as a spring blade cutler. The earliest date for a listed Bowden I found is the turn of the 19th (1798] century and the last record is about 1850 which could be about right as whoever owned this knife would been have wealthy and it was around this date that the dentist of the time started making and selling dentures that were not unlike modern dentures so this type of knife would become obsolete.
I suppose it could be earlier but I doubt I will ever be sure.
 


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