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The motto says it all “DEATH TO TRAITORS” emblazoned in large letters on right side. John D. Chevalier was a well known New York City cutler famous for surgical instruments. Few of his Bowie knives, however, are known of this unique pattern with brass and checkered ebony grip. This well made clip point knife measures 13-1/4″ overall with 9″ clip-point blade. Norm Flayderman in his text The Bowie Knife Unsheathing an American Legend shows two examples with variant “brass spurs” that fit special scabbard throats. Our example here was made without these brass projections and this is clearly seen in that the orig protective leather washer is still present with no provision for these projections. Flayderman states “the application of slogans such as Death to Traitors is an unusual feature on American-made Bowies. Chevalier was one of the very few to occasionally employ the method”. The accompanying scabbard is unquestionably original to this knife and has a distinctive scalloped brass tip. A known sixth plate tintype of Union soldier with this knife clearly shows the distinctive brass tip identical to the one on this knife. Sheath is missing the throat. CONDITION: Very good overall. Markings are excellent as can be seen in photos with only minor losses. Blade is bright/grey with staining and pinprick pitting, old sharpening with several large chips in cutting edge. Blade is still extremely sharp. Ebony grip slabs are very good and well fit. Brass handle and scabbard drag have brass mustard colored patina. Orig serrated leather protective washer still present. Accompanying scabbard is sound and solid still retaining wood liners. though missing throat. 4-54472 JS (6,000-8,000) – Lot 1382

Auction: Firearms - March 2015
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