Metal forged knife. 14 inches total length, blade is 9.25 inches. The handle is shaped like a bird of some sort. It has a star stamped in the middle of the handle as well as a “V” at the blade end of the handle on both sides. Weighs a little over 12 ounces.
Found it in a ditch.
Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. The knife blade has the shape of a bowie knife, the handle ist made from cast aluminum, the quality of execution is that of an amateur folk art artist. Star and Eagle would point to the USA at a point in history when there was a larger supply of excess Aluminum. Which would narrow the search to your neighborhood, the prisoner of war camp in West Helena in 1946. This might have been a present of a german or italian prisoner of war to his former captors. For further reading:Faust, Kate. “Remembrances of the Prisoner of War Camp in West Helena, Arkansas.” Phillips County Historical Quarterly 16 (September 1978): 31–39.
The estimate is based on similar items sold at auction, but with the local history attached to the knife it might be higher.
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