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Vintage Horse Head Puukko Knife with Ornate Leather and Brass Sheath made by Iisakki Järvenpää Oy of Kauhava, Finland

Vintage Horse Head Puukko Knife with Ornate Leather and Brass Sheath made by Iisakki Järvenpää Oy of Kauhava, Finland

Here on offer is an excellent example of a vintage horse head Puukko knife made by the famous Iisakki Järvenpää Incorporated Company of Kauhava, Finland.

This is a decorative version of the traditional Finnish Puukko general-purpose belt knife.

The Puukko is a Finnish knife and the name lends itself to the Finnish word “puukotta,” which means “to stab/knife.” The prefix, “puu” means “wood” in Finnish. The design of the Puukko is attributed to the indigenous Sami people, who created several knives to use for day to day tasks; the Puukko was the smaller option, used to skin fish or animals. Although historical records vary, the Puukko dates back about 1000 years. Both men and women carried (and carry) Puukkos, although the sizes change depending on the person, as the Puukko handle is meant to fit the hand size of the user.

This early vintage example is a decorative version and has a gilt brass horse head pommel.

The grip is made from multiple ring sections of birch bark that have been sanded smooth and finished in a clear lacquer.

The large ferrule is also made from gilt brass and all the gilt fittings show some loss of gilt to the finish.

The polished steel blade has a single curved cutting edge, a fuller on both surfaces, a solid hidden tang and a flat spine. It shows some signs of sharpening and greying to the finish on the blade that would probably polish up bright.

On the front of the blade you can still just make out the etched makers’ name, which reads as:

Iisakki Järvenpää Oy

Made in Finland


The ornate brown leather sheath shows some beautiful tooled work to the front of the leather. The decorative upper and lower metal fitting are made from gilt brass which shows signs of loss to the gilt.

The reverse of the upper fitting also has a swivel loop fitted where a chain and belt hook would have been fitted to allow it to be worn.


Iisakki Järvenpää (Isaac Riverhead in English) is known as one of the worlds most famous knife makers.

He began his career at Kauhava Puukkotehdas in 1899. (Puukkotehdas translated means knife factory).

The factory was founded in 1898 and made knives until 1939.

He was employed as a production manager and worked at the factory up until 1904.

Iisakki was born in Kauhava parish in 1859 and by the age of 20 had begun knife making. From the beginning, he used bark on the handle and after a few years 1881, he began to make his own blades. A year after that he and several others began to etch the blades with manufacturer’s name and place of manufacture, Kauhava, Finland.

Iisakki Järvenpää Oy was purchased in June 2013 by three South Ostrobothnian entrepreneurs, Pekka Pollari, Jarkko Haukkala and Hannu Pennala.

The aim was to develop and maintain Finnish knife manufacturing and crafts.

The knife is an excellent example of an early vinatge horse head knife and would make a great addition to any vintage knife collection.

The knife itself measures 7.75” (19.7cm) long and has a 3.9” (9.8cm) blade.
It weighs 80g.
Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50534

75.00 GBP


Framed Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion with Unusual King George V Coronation Tin Badge-1911

Framed Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion with Unusual King George V Coronation Tin Badge-1911



Here on offer is an unusual example of a King George V coronation, heart-shaped sweetheart pincushion that’s been fitted into a glass fronted wooden display case.

In the centre of the cushion is paper card that has the printed words:

Greeting Sincere and all Good Wishes

Pinned to the top left hand corner of the pincushion is a very unusual coloured tin badge that was issued at the time of King George V Coronation in 1911.

The badge itself is in excellent original condition and still has its pin on the back. These are rare to find especially in this condition.

On the other corner is a very ornate gilt metal brooch (I don’t think it is gold?) and it looks to have its pin missing as its held in place by beaded pins from the front.

I think this pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign and has been reused as such to celebrate the coronation of George V with the addition of the badge and brooch?

It is in excellent condition and I have left the sealed display case unopened.

The pincushion looks to be made from an ivory silk material on the top that shows signs of fading and tarnishing to the gilt thread.

It has been embellished with coloured pinned on beads and has a cotton ribbon edging with ball tassels.

I can’t actually tell how old the lovely wooden display case is, but looks to be a period piece.

This is just a beautiful and unusual example of one of these pincushions, in really good condition that will make a great addition to any antique and King George V collection.

The heart cushion measures approximately 5.5” (14cm) by 5” (12.8cm) and the case is 8.5” (21.6cm) by 7.5” (18.4cm) and 3.4” (8.5cm) deep.

It weighs 1Kg.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50533

85.00 GBP


Framed Victorian Period Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion – “Faith Hope & Charity”

Framed Victorian Period Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion – “Faith Hope & Charity”



Here on offer is a wonderful example of a Victorian period Heart-shaped sweetheart pincushion that’s been fitted into a glass fronted wooden display case.

In the centre of the cushion is a patch of silk that has the stitched image of the holy bible, anchor, cross and heart, with the words:

FAITH HOPE CHARITY


Pinned to the top corners of the cushion are two silk rectangles, with the words:

THINK OF ME.

This impressive heart shaped pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign.

They where mostly sent home to a sweetheart or family member.

This example is in excellent condition and I have left the sealed display case unopened.

The pincushion looks to be made from an ivory and red silk material on the top that shows little signs of fading and it has been embellished with lots of coloured pinned on beads.

I can’t actually tell how old the lovely wooden display case is, but looks to be a period piece.

This is just a beautiful example of one of these pincushions, in really excellent condition that will make a great addition to any antique collection.

The heart cushion measures approximately 5.5” (14cm) by 6” (15.3cm) and the case is 7.25” (18.5cm) by 7.75” (19.7cm) and 3.4” (8.5cm) deep.

It weighs 940g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50532

75.00 GBP


Framed Victorian Period Sweetheart Pincushion with a Floral Design

Framed Victorian Period Sweetheart Pincushion with a Floral Design



Here on offer is a pretty example of a Victorian period sweetheart pincushion that’s been fitted into a glass fronted, gilt wooden framed cardboard display case.

This pincushion has been set on the front with a beautiful display of flower heads made from clusters of clear and coloured glass beads.

Around the edge it has been finished with a stunning blue glass bead edging.

This beautiful pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign.

They where mostly sent home to a sweetheart or family member.

This example is in excellent condition with no apparent loss of colour to the base cloth.

The pincushion has been surrounded by a large number of silk and paper flowers along with real poppy seed heads.

I can’t actually tell how old the lovely display case is, but looks to be a later period piece.

This is just a fine example of one of these pincushions, in really excellent condition that will make a great addition to any antique collection.

The pincushion measures approximately 6” (15.3cm) wide by 5.25” (13.4cm) high and the case is 9.4” (24cm) wide by 7.2” (18cm) high and 2.2” (5.5cm) deep.

It weighs 535g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50531

65.00 GBP


Framed Victorian Period Sweetheart Pincushion – “THINK OF ME”

Framed Victorian Period Sweetheart Pincushion – “THINK OF ME”



Here on offer is a lovely example of a Victorian period sweetheart pincushion that’s been fitted into a glass fronted wooden display case.

This stunning star shaped pincushion has been set in the centre with the words:

THINK OF ME

made from tiny white glass beads.

Around the words is a thin red boarder of beads that form the centre of a beautiful eight pronged star made from a mass of clear glass beads.

Coloured beads then form a circular pattern that sit within the gaps in the star.

This beautiful pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign.

They where mostly sent home to a sweetheart or family member.

This example is in excellent condition with no apparent loss of colour to the velvet red base cloth.

The pincushion has been surrounded by silk flowers and what look to be four large cream silk roses, inside the display case.

I can’t actually tell how old the lovely display case is, but looks to be a Victorian period piece.

This is just a stunning example of one of these pincushions, in really excellent condition that will make a great addition to any antique collection.

The pincushion measures approximately 6” (15.3cm) round and the case is 9.25” (23.5cm) square and 2.5” (6.4cm) deep.

It weighs 935g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50530

75.00 GBP


WW2 Period Large Dagger Shaped Trench Art Letter Opener with Wavy Copper Blade

WW2 Period Large Dagger Shaped Trench Art Letter Opener with Wavy Copper Blade



Here on offer is a beautifully made WW2 period “trench art” letter opener.

The heavy and solid metal letter opener has been made to the size of a real dagger.

The pommel and sloping crossguard are made from solid polished brass. The grip is made from aluminium with copper and brass segments that have been machined and polished to a beautiful smooth finish.

The wavy shaped blade is made from solid copper and is held firmly in place by a copper pin through the brass crossguard.

This is just one of the nicest examples of a letter opener that I have seen for a long time.

The blade measures 6.6” (17cm) long and the letter opener is 11.75” (30cm) in total length.

It weighs a heavy 375g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50526

75.00 GBP


Framed Victorian Period Sweetheart Pincushion – “Home Sweet Home”

Framed Victorian Period Sweetheart Pincushion – “Home Sweet Home”



Here on offer is a lovely example of a Victorian period sweetheart pincushion that’s been fitted into a glass fronted cardboard display case.

This sweet pincushion has been set in the centre with the words:

HOME SWEET HOME

made from tiny domed metal pins.

Around the outer edges is an ornate swirling pattern made from clear and coloured glass beads.

This lovely pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign.

They where mostly sent home to a sweetheart or family member.

This example is in excellent condition with no apparent loss of colour to the velvet green cloth.

The lid of the case lifts of to allow you easy access to the pincushion itself.

I can’t actually tell how old the lovely red silk lined display case is, but looks to be a Victorian period piece.

This is just a beautiful example of one of these pincushions, in really excellent condition that will make a great addition to any antique collection.

The pincushion measures approximately 4.5” (11.4cm) by 3.5” (9cm) and the case is 7.4” (18.7cm) by 5.25” (13.3cm) and 3.5” (8.8cm) deep.

It weighs 505g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50529

50.00 GBP


Framed Victorian Period Star-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion with Seashells

Framed Victorian Period Star-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion with Seashells



Here on offer is a fine example of a Victorian period Star-shaped sweetheart pincushion that’s been fitted into a glass front and side panelled wooden display case, with a display of seashells.

This very large velvet covered pincushion has been set in the centre with a flower design made of coloured glass beads and small pearls.

Around the outer edges is a mass of clear and coloured glass beads.

This truly impressive pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign.

They where mostly sent home to a sweetheart or family member.

This example is in excellent condition and the case itself is beautiful with the side glass panels and the lovely arrangement of seashells set into the base of the case

I can’t actually tell how old the lovely wooden display case is, but looks to be a Victorian period piece.

This is just a beautiful example of one of these pincushions, in really excellent condition that will make a great addition to any antique collection.

The large star pincushion measures approximately 8.5” (21.6cm) by 8.5” (21.6cm) and the case is 10.75” (27.4cm) by 10” (25.4cm) and 4.75” (12cm) deep.

It weighs a very heavy 2Kg.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50528

100.00 GBP


Framed Edwardian Period Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion – “1909”

Framed Edwardian Period Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion – “1909”



Here on offer is a great example of an Edwardian period Heart-shaped sweetheart pincushion that’s been fitted into a glass fronted wooden display case.

In the centre of the cushion, made from small white beads is the date “1909”, which clearly had some significance to the person this was made for, maybe to celebrate a wedding?

This example is in excellent condition and I have left the sealed display case unopened.

The pincushion looks to be made from a green felt material and it has been embellished with lots of coloured and clear pinned on glass beads.

On the lower edges it has sets of beaded tassels.

Inside the case the pincushion is surrounded by a fine white and red coloured lace. Small brass hearts have been fitted to each corner.

I can’t actually tell how old the lovely wooden display case is, but looks to be a later period piece.

This is just a beautiful example of one of these pincushions, in really excellent condition that will make a great addition to any antique collection.

The heart cushion measures approximately 4.5” (11.4cm) by 4” (10.2cm) and the case is 7.5” (19cm) by 7.5” (19cm) and 2.75” (7cm) deep.

It weighs 650g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50527

65.00 GBP


Framed Victorian Period Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion – “Sweet Memories”

Framed Victorian Period Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion – “Sweet Memories”



Here on offer is a wonderful example of a Victorian period Heart-shaped sweetheart pincushion that’s been fitted into a glass fronted wooden display case.

In the centre of the cushion is a square of early cream coloured celluloid square, which has the embossed image of an anchor, heart and horseshoe all joined by a rope, surrounded by coloured flowers.

In the centre is the words:

SWEET MEMORIES

Pinned to the top corners of the cushion are two silk rectangles, one shows the Union Jack with the words FORGET ME NOT and the other is a THINK OF ME poem.

This impressive heart shaped pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign.

They where mostly sent home to a sweetheart or family member.

This example is in excellent condition and I have left the sealed display case unopened.

The pincushion looks to be made from an ivory silk material on the top that shows NO signs of fading and it has been embellished with lots of coloured pinned on beads.

I can’t actually tell how old the lovely wooden display case is, but looks to be a later period piece.

This is just a beautiful example of one of these pincushions, in really excellent condition that will make a great addition to any military collection.

The heart cushion measures approximately 6.75” (17.2cm) by 6.25” (16cm) and the case is 10.75” (27.4cm) by 10” (25.4cm) and 3” (7.6cm) deep.

It weighs 985g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50525

75.00 GBP