Brass and steel pocket knife with an engraved date on the handle "1793", English or European.  The brass grips taper and curve towards the end with recess bands and etched decoration.  The reverse grip has the engraved initials "M:R:D:H.  The steel blade pivots forward and has a broad shape similar to a classic table knife.  Dated pocket knives from the late eighteenth century are quite rare. (I-831) 
Condition:  The knife is in excellent condition and has a mellow age patina.  The edge of the blade has a few small nicks and the nbottom edges have sharpening marks. 
Dimensions:  Length closed 4 3/8 inches.