Rare Large French Silver Mounted Tortoiseshell Hafted Folding Fruit Knife. The Tortoiseshell handle has a large silver cap at the top and bottom of the handle. The handle is decorated with silver floral rosettes down the length of the handle. There is a large single steel blade. There is a lock back mechanism on the side of the knife. The piece dates to around 1780.
Condition:Good. The spring is good, the blade snaps in and out of the handle. The lock back mechanism is worn and does not work. Length of the knife open is 10.5 Inches and closed is 6.25 Inches.