Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Push Dagger by Will &?Finck, San Francisco
    Circa 1863-1890s. California-style push dagger with 5-1/8" blade, 6-1/2" overall, marked WILL?&?FINCK S.F. CAL (also a trace of same marking on reverse side). Rosewood handle is attached by means of a slotted nickel silver nut, with an unusual nickel silver staple atop it. The blade's ricasso has a divot for the "instant-release'?version of Will &?Finck's patented screw-down mounting clip, for mounting the knife inside one's coat upside-down where it would be readily accessible in an time of need. No sheath. Blade with moderate sharpening. Very good.

    While believed to have first gained popularity in New Orleans, San Francisco became the second-best known city for push daggers; authentic examples such as this one are quite rare.
    From the Ex Jack Royse Collection.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2018
    9th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 676

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 39 days left to consign to the 2020 April 23 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,022,424