🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Any clue about his knife?

mw44

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Recently, we removed about 6 inches of topsoil from a yard in southern WV and have found 1 broken point, 1 broken scraper, and a lot of flakes. Then yesterday I found this knife in the same exact location. I have no clue about knife identification or aging them. I haven't seen any stamped area or any kind of insignia on it but as you can see, it has rusted quite a bit. It seems like the crossguard is copper or maybe brass...definitely has a golden color to the crossguard.
I was truly surprised to find it in the same place I'm consistently finding native flakes and points. I have no idea if this thing is 80 years old or 500 years old lol.
Any clue about this thing?
 

pepperj

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Nice recovery, any pictures of the points?

Most trade knives didn't have a quillion. The handle had a slight back hump slope to them, or completely straight.
This knife certainly has some age to it, though it resembles what hunting knives look like.
 

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Back-of-the-boat

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It looks like it had a screw hole in the brass possibly 2 so that could have been where a nameplate was?
 

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ColtsPop

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It’s difficult to date knives of that form, but I would consider it no later than 19th century
 

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