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Old 14th November 2014, 11:33 PM   #1
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Nothing special but I am happy to have it. Dealer said it was Spanish circa 1850 - 1900. The sheath is two matching pieces of German silver soldered together, the hilt mixed bone and brass. Blade 6" (152mm) long, whole knife 9-5/8" (244mm) overall.
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Old 15th November 2014, 12:34 AM   #2
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Albacete dagger, looks nice .
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Old 15th November 2014, 04:48 PM   #3
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The sheath probably being from another type of knife ...
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Old 15th November 2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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Thanks, Rick, I knew nothing about Spanish knives. A lot of links to Albacete.

Fernando - More education, if you would? Why do you say the sheath is from another kind of knife?

I presume this sheath would have been made in some numbers, by technology similar to that used on 19th century powder flasks.
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Old 15th November 2014, 09:18 PM   #5
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I said 'probably' James ... '' included,
From several Cuchillos de Albacete that i have seen, besides being hard to find them with sheaths, the ones we spot follow a different pattern; basically made of leather and sometimes with a couple brass trimmings.
But i am miles away from being an expert on these things. My hint was more intended to take you to go deeper into the matter yourself; like, for instance, checking how tight the blade fits into this sheath .
I don't know why but, this scabbard looks to me like having a Gaucho touch.
Others will surely be able to tell whether i am talking nonsense .
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Old 16th November 2014, 05:47 AM   #6
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There's got to be some influence of the plug bayonet showing in this hilt form .
The scabbard form reminds me slightly of an Argentine Criollo's; just not as fancy .
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Old 16th November 2014, 11:56 AM   #7
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... There's got to be some influence of the plug bayonet showing in this hilt form ...

It is often thought so; a topic approached every now and then, but apparently its conic shape would be a feature not related with plug hilts.

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...The scabbard form reminds me slightly of an Argentine Criollo's; just not as fancy ...

Also my feeling; Crioulo/Gaucho from Argentina/Brazil. Becoming more fancy for home decoration or visitors trade.
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Old 18th November 2014, 04:50 PM   #8
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Sheath fits perfectly.

Guy I bought it from also thinks it has a "Gaucho" feel to it. He got it with a collection of 80 knives from all over the world, including one very nice Brazilian knife, fancy leather sheath (which I did not get).

Thank you all.
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Old 18th November 2014, 11:24 PM   #9
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Hello everyone

Just to say that the characteristic of the sheath is not specified in the native weapons or gaucho (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay) but responds to industrial manufacture, probably by stamping, alpaca or "white metal".

In Germany, Belgium, France and other countries numerous articles (including knives, machetes, daggers then exported to South America were made.

Affectionately. Fernando K. Sorry for the translator ....
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Nice Albacete dagger!
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