It is a Memento Mori knife. Memento mori was common throughout all europe since the first beginnings of the black death. The icons of skulls, the grim reaper, and skeletons are all very common in works of art from the middle ages after the plague...
It's a memorial of your own mortality... that death awaits all of us and could be just around the corner for you or anyone.
This knife could have been for anyone of reasonable wealth or office. Nice collection piece.
George ~ Thanks for the information & the Link.
That was really nice of you & I really appreciate you doing that.
You folks on this forum are absolutely great.