An interesting First Pattern F-S knife.  This example shows moderate wear and is now missing its original scabbard.  It has clearly been polished but both etched panels are readable and most of the plating is intact. This well used knife is interesting in that two thirds up the grip a small hole has been carefully drilled completely through the hilt. The small size and location of this hole would suggest that the original owner intended to modify this grip by threading a wire through the hole and creating a ‘garrote’.  This type of modification is documented but on this example there is no damage to the plating around the hole or grip, suggesting that the idea may have been abandoned shortly after the modification.

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