California Carving Set made by Michael Price in San Francisco California circa 1860′s with 9″ blad turkey carver, fork and steel. Blade is unmarked but blade and handle are both very characteristic of Michael Price’s work and some early work was not stamped.
Blade, tines and steel are nice and secure in their chased silver ferruled handles although it should be noted that there is a missing antennae on the steel as well as two missing nickel balls on the remaining antennae.
Michael Price born in 1833 in Limerick Ireland learned his craft from his father Michael Price Sr from an early age and moved to San Francisco in the 1850’s.
Michael Price set up shop making bowie knives, carving sets and razors in the late1850’s after making knives for the famous Natchez shop on Clay St. the owner of the shop was famous for the reliability of his pistol loading loaded the notoriously unreliable pistols of the day, one of whom was accidentally discharged in his face ending the era of the Natchez shop.
Michael Price set up shop and became one of the most sought after makers of fine bowie knives as well as carving sets for the opulent gold rush era dinner parties of the day, he was in business between roughly 1856 and 1886.
Michael Price and the other major San Francisco cutlery maker of the day Will and Finck were very influential in the design of the so called “California carving sets” which were copied (cheaply) by the big east coast cutlery manufacturers.
Included in the the pictures is M. Price’s shop on Kearny street San Francisco.