Extremely interesting story Dimitri!!!
A 70 year old man (Mr. Paolantonio) that you met about 15 years ago would bring us to now be an 85 year old man, and places him in the exact second generation of Colonial Paolantonio age group..
First of all this is an old # 17 Jewelry Shell knife with a Sterling Silver bail and a solid pin construction at one end only.
The solid pin and long pull on the master or pocket blade tells me early 50's production! We made this same style in 15 or 20 different handle designs..stainless steel, Brass, and also Nickel Silver...
The very strange thing is that I don't know who it could have been!!
At the time you are talking about, involving the second generation of Paolantonio's,
Al F., Al D., and my father Anthony had already passed on!!
The only two guys left and are still alive; Uncle Jimmy (Alfonse) and Albert. Alponse still lives in Johnston or Scituate, and Albert lives in Bristol, RI....both address's are MANY miles from Warwick!! This is an INCREDIBLE mystery!!
Well at least you have the proper info on your knife and that is the important thing!!
Any other info on your story would be very important to me and many historians and collectors here at AAPK!!
Robert P. CKCo..