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I was going through some boxes, and came across something I forgot all about. I believe these are WWI. Any thoughts?

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It looks like the blades on those are stainless. If so, I think they would be later. I know on this side and perhaps on the European side these would have been private purchase. The British used these even earlier than WW1. Blades would have been silverplate or nickle silver most likely.
Is there any makers mark?
They are plated. The knife is marked "L W Wood, Manchester" with appears to be a crown.
Too elegant to be military issue. Looks like what is currently known as "hobo utensils."

I think more novelty than useful.

Bob Wright
I think private purchase instead of issue.
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Yes, they would have been private purchase. I don't think these sets were all that uncommon during the late 19th - early 20th c. I think it may have been more Anglo and Saxon but it could have been more widespread than that. I've seen cased sets with the utensils and there were personal drinking glasses. Ie:

Leather Brown Glass Textile Wallet
Glass Drinkware Transparent material Tableware Shot glass
Brown Glass Rectangle Caramel color Plastic
Wallet Hand Finger Leather Thumb
Gun Trigger Revolver Metal

Well, that last photo is another subject :D
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Have one similar, slip top leather case with glass inside and knife, fork and spoon inside. All folding, the fake ivory handles (can't remember the name of the material) and JJ Hankle made. Commonly used by the upper crust on train trips so they had clean utensils to dine with.
The knife with the hook blade doesn't appear to be a dining knife. There were specialty vegetable knives with the hook blade, and one was for cutting mushrooms. The hook blade could reach under the mushroom and cut the stem.
English civilian use manufactured late 19th century. (Could also have been purchased by military personnel.) Probably either celluloid or bone handles.
Most probably bone or celluloid but the scales may be ivory. Can we see a good close up?
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