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Boer War pattern knife by Hunter of Sheffield

The classic pattern of knife issued to troops during (and before) the Boer War consists of a clasp knife with a single blade, a marlin spike and cow horn scales. This example is stamped HUNTER SHEFFIELD on one side of the tang and W /|\ D 4 on the other (*). The blade retains its original profile, and it’s ’snap’ is still (very) strong. Overall length (closed): 4⅞”/12.5cm.

One scale is impressed with the owner’s service number (23399) and his unit (possibly RGA). I’m looking for the owner’s identity, but no luck yet.

Source: bought at auction.

Boer War pattern knife by HUNTER of Sheffield
Boer War pattern knife by HUNTER of Sheffield
Boer War pattern knife by HUNTER of Sheffield

(*) WD=War Department

/|\ = ‘Broad arrow’ government ownership mark

4= Inspector’s ID number