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“DEATH TO ABOLITION” EARLY BOWIE KNIFE. This knife dates among the earliest examples of Sheffield Bowies made for American market circa 1838-1840. “ARKANSAW KNIFE MADE OF BEST SILVER STEEL” markings are seen on only a few knives, all being wrapped coffin hilts, one example shown pg. 42 & 43, Adams, Antique Bowie Knife Book with same thin long fuller not seen on any other knives other than early “Samuel Bell, Knoxville, Tenn” marked Bowies which are thought to be Sheffield imports also. “Death to Abolition” on bowie blade is noted in 1838 article with illustration of blade with horse head pommel. This knife has rarely seen “Indian War Bonnet” pommel which is seen on few other early American Bowies. Knife measures 13-3/4″ overall with 8-1/2″ clip point blade and almost 3/10” thick at ricasso. If you are interested in one great early American Bowie knife this is your opportunity. CONDITION: Very good-fine overall, markings all discernible as seen in photos, blade still has areas of original polish with areas of staining and pitting, several small nicks in blade. Horn slabs all sound and well fit, mountings retain traces of silver plate. Scabbard is missing frog button and liner with patina and small dents and crack near drag and at throat. 8-76373 JS47 (20,000-30,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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