Forged saber/knife

Feb 04, 2018. 13:05 UTC
Forged saber/knife
Justin
United States of America

Category
Saber sword

Acquired from
Other

For sale
Yes
Description

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.

Provenance

Found it in a ditch.

Answered within about 1 hour
Feb 04, 13:52 UTC
By Klaus

Fair Market Value

$100 - $200 USD

Insurance Value

$300 USD
What does this mean?

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.
I hope the information provided was helpful to you.

Justin clifton Feb 05, 03:50 UTC

Wow I was not expecting to get that much in depth information! I never dreamed it would actually have any history behind it. Thank you so much!

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