Rare Large French Couteau Sans Clous Mother of Pearl Hafted Folding Fruit Knife. The mother of pearl handle is plain and is encased with engraved silver fretwork. There is a silver blade and a steel blade. The silver blade is engraved with floral decoration to both sides of the blade, and the steel blade is fitted on a silver engraved spring with a cutlers mark on it. There is an engraved silver edge along the steel blade and the silver blade, and a highly decorated silver spine along the edge of the piece. The knife dates to around 1720.
Condition:Good. The spring is good, as the blades snap in and out of the handle. There are two cracks on one side of the mother of pearl handle. Length of the knife open is 9.25 Inches and closed is 5 Inches.