Product Code: 4607
Condition: Excellent
Price: € 0,00

In some areas of Italy a knife could be used as a token of love or as an engagement /wedding knife. This is a wonderful example of a tiny *BALESTRA DI AVIGLIANO* a traditional Engagement knife that has been realized In Avigliano during the last quarter of the 19th Cent. Avigliano is a town in the province of Potenza, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata. The handle has been realized from a whole piece of buffalo horn that has been finally checkered, carved and full filled with very thin brass threads. The blade has the shape of an olive leaf with three facets on each side, two slanted side panels and a central one. The front and the rear side engraved with floral decorative pattern. The blade remains in full profile with full tip and has no play in the locked open position. Brass bolsters. Excellent vintage conditions, no chips to the hornand no loss to the delicate brass threads. It measures a tiny 13,5 cm in fully extended position and 7,5 cm when folded. Due to the dimensions this knife was much probably made for a woman or a girl. Bigger versions were made for men. ON HOLD - RESERVED