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    Rare Anti-Garotte Knife by Unwin &?Rodgers, Sheffield.
    Circa 1850s-1860s. Two blade folding knife, 5-1/8"?closed, with one dagger ground blade and the other a spear point, both locking and opening in opposite directions. The dagger blade is etched "Self Protector" in the same style as the firm's famous knife pistols, and is tang stamped ANTI?GAROTTE?KNIFE; the spear point blade is stamped with the maker's name Unwin &?Rodgers Sheffield. Bias-cut horn handle scales, nickel silver guards at both ends. With scattered spotting on the unsharpened, unused blades, all else in antique mint condition.
    Made in both ?xed blade and folding varieties, this unusual design was promoted as a means of defending oneself from a mugging by garotte (a strangulating attack from behind the victim). Presumably, the concept of the anti-garotte knife was to defend oneself with both blades open, attempting to stab the attacker behind your back; its effectiveness is not recorded.
    From the Ex Jack Royse Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2018
    9th Sunday
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