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Old 5th June 2017, 03:15 PM   #1
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Bought this very nice set of cutlery to go in my camp equipment. The knife looks quite substantial almost a dagger. Just thought they looked good and might be old.
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Bought this very nice set of cutlery to go in my camp equipment. The knife looks quite substantial almost a dagger. Just thought they looked good and might be old.


Apparently about 1886 vintage... Jolly nice! See https://www.pinterest.com/pin/180988478752536828/
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Bought this very nice set of cutlery to go in my camp equipment. The knife looks quite substantial almost a dagger. Just thought they looked good and might be old.


similer set although with a slightly smaller spoon:

total length 11,5 cm
spoon handle; 7,5 cm
spoon part: 4 cm

width :
handle : 0,9 cm
connection handle2spoon: 0,4 cm
spoon widest: 2 cm
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another set :

- knife made from bone ( typical Bosnian from Sarajevo)
- fork made from mountain goat / chamois

remarkable is that it is the first time I ever did see a square handle on a Sarajevo Bosnian knife.

As for diminsions ( all in cm )

total lenght knife 31,7 blade 18,5 handle 13,7 copper connection 3
total lenght fork 31 blade 18 handle 11 copper connection 2
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and a 3rd set from Sarajevo Bosnia

Knife 32 cm
Fork 33 cm
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another set :

- knife made from bone ( typical Bosnian from Sarajevo)
- fork made from mountain goat / chamois

remarkable is that it is the first time I ever did see a square handle on a Sarajevo Bosnian knife.

As for diminsions ( all in cm )

total lenght knife 31,7 blade 18,5 handle 13,7 copper connection 3
total lenght fork 31 blade 18 handle 11 copper connection 2



some additional pics on the square handle knife
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and a 3rd set from Sarajevo Bosnia

Knife 32 cm
Fork 33 cm

also here some more detailed pics, unfortunately the year on the knife could not be better shown
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request for advice: I just received this set ( although I knew about the lacking piece of horn on the knife ) was wondering what to do?
Normally from an authentic / original perspective 2 options can be applied:

1. leave as is
2. add a replacement piece in such a way that a clear difference can be seen between original and authentic piece versus addition.

This is done f.i. with historic seals or old books or jewelry.

Henceforth looking forward to your experience and advice being the new kid on the block... THNX a lot
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If you can get the handle off it will be easy to form another spacer from bone and when polished will fit in very well.
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If you can get the handle off it will be easy to form another spacer from bone and when polished will fit in very well.


Thnx a lot for the advice !

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Proof that most of these smaller knives from a later date were made for non combat reasons but rather ceremonial, domestic or touristic use by the K.u.K. officers corps is for instance this original cutlery set box from 1889
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seperate from the cutlery box, I have seen several times an original set containing one single knive ( smal bichaq) with one fork and sometimes one spoon being wrapped in a leather cloth.
This being pure functional : for picknick or field lunches by the officers in Bosnia, Hercegowina and Sandzjak.
Rarely one sees a luxery version like the enclosed set in a scabbard.
This is also an early set as it lacks the year BUT has Sarajevo written in Arabic Turkish caligraphic letters next to Sarajevo in Latin writing, which one does not see at all in later sets { i.e. from the late 188-ies}
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