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Lot 199: Antique Brass & Steel Prostitute Knife

Estate Auction, November 6

by Auctions at Showplace Antiques

06 November 2016

New York, NY, USA

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  • Antique Brass & Steel Prostitute Knife
  • Antique Brass & Steel Prostitute Knife
  • Antique Brass & Steel Prostitute Knife
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Description: Having a shaped brass handle with crown knop on the end and an elaborate scrolling guard, the handle monogrammed "L.D.L." in cursive, the blade of pyramidal form, the whole sheathed in a brass scabbard with small closed hanging hook on one side; 19th century lore has it that these kinds of knives were carried by prostitutes and gamblers, since they were easily concealed. Knife: 9" L; blade from guard: 4.25" L; in scabbard: 9.5" L. Some discoloration to blade.

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