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Late 19th Century Hoof Penknife Necklace


This late 19th century penknife once hung from a woman’s chatelaine. Tiny tools like this were used around the home for light-duty cutting, paring or scraping. This is an exceptionally cool example, modeled in silver and in the shape of a deer's foreleg with an engraved gold blade. Please be mindful when wearing this necklace, though it’s petite and pretty to look at, it’s still a real knife and is relatively sharp. French hallmark on the blade.


  • Materials

    sterling silver, 18k gold (marked), new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    7/8" penknife (1 1/2" length with blade extended), 18" chain

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.