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Wasp Dagger

by Nowill & Sons

SKU 1027873

Date Added 05/28/2021

# Available 1

Original price $255.00

Price $210.00


This Wasp Dagger by Nowill & Sons features a double-edged mirror polished blade, .202" blade stock and .834" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a brass guard, aluminum butt, and black/brass spacer pattern handle. Comes with a black leather sheath. Has a few light scratches, otherwise excellent condition.

Product Details

Blade Length 6.875

Overall Length 11.375

Weight (oz) 7.5

Source Previously owned

Additional Specs

Knife Type Has Sheath, Hidden Tang

Blade Material Unknown

Blade Details Dagger

Handle Material Metallic

About the Maker

Nowill & Sons

This family company was first based in Meadow Street, but later moved to Scotland Street around 1840. It was in 1842 that the first of John Nowill’s sons, William, joined the business after finishing his apprenticeship. His maker’s marks of ‘D*’ and ‘KROSSKEYS’ remain the marks of the company to this day. At the Great Exhibition in 1851 the company won a Prize Medal for their selection knives for ‘the Levant trade’. The Levant is an historical term for the near East, covering modern day countries such as Syria, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. The company retained strong trade links with this area, having agents in Turkey, Egypt and Greece. In 1851 there were fifty men and boys working for John Nowill & Son, however, steady expansion meant that by 1881 they employed one hundred men, ten boys and fifteen women. In 1881 they also registered their first silver mark, which showed they were moving into making valuable silver and electro plate items. They registered a second silver mark in 1901. Despite surviving the difficult interwar years, the company was sold to F.E. & J.R. Hopkinson in 1947, and later acquired by J. Adams Ltd.

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