Early Large Stamp M.s.a. Marked Marbles Ideal Knife 1903 Full Stag 7" Blade For SaleDating from 1903, this large stamp M.S.A. has a dash between Michigan and U.S.A and has the following dimensions; blade back 1/4" thick, exact length of blade 6 7/8", stag handle ( slightly over ) 4 1/2", total length of knife 11 3/8". There are 23 red and black spacers with brass in between. The blade is very hefty and strong with a great smooth finish. It's edge has been sharpened, but not abused. Many years ago, I semi-chromed the blade as this was all that was needed. This knife's stag handle has a pleasant golden patina while it's pommel is a rich amber color. The brass nut on the pommel has no slot as expected on this early Ideal. A Milton Rowland Cattail Tube Sheath is original to the knife. The tube sheath is stable and flexible with no powdering or dry rot / flaking. A small portion of the blade tip peeks through the bottom of the sheath due to the knife's weight. It has a homemade, hand cut leather cord that came with the sheath and is obviously not Marbles made. This old M.S.A. is completely intact with nothing missing, added or tampered with. All in all, this is just an honest, old and fine M.S.A from around 1903 with it's original sheath. It is a great example of old classic American cutlery craftsmanship at its best. Please message should you have any questions or need additional photos. Payment expected within 3 days of sale end.
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