The "American Bowie Knife" - Early Cutlery Handle Edward Barnes & Sons Bowie Knife - Fine early Bowie measuring 13 3/4" overall, with 8 5/8" clip point flat ground blade, 1 1/8" at the ricasso x 5/32" thick. The hand guard is thin oval German silver with a finely detailed double-sided tapered German silver cutlery handle with floral motifs and an early American spread-winged eagle at the pommel. The left side of the blade is etched with a spread-winged eagle clutching a riband bearing the markers' name and there is a variety of faint patriotic slogans including, "AMERICANS ASK FOR NOTHING BUT WHAT IS RIGHT & SUBMIT TO NOTHING THAT IS WRONG" and "AMERICAN BOWIE KNIFE" and "THE UNITED STATED LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE" and "PROTECTED BY HER NOBLE AND BRAVE VOLUNTEERS". The left ricasso is marked "EDWARD/BARNES & SONS/CELEBRATED/DIRK KNIFE". Accompanied by its original fine leather sheath with German silver tip and throat with a frog stud. The left side of the sheath has a gold embossed Liberty Head $1 Gold coin. Both edges are chased with a gold floral decoration. Condition: The blade retains most of its original polish with scattered light surface discoloration and some old cleaning marks. The handle and German silver parts are lightly tarnished. The sheath is sound with a small slit just before the bottom mount, overall one of the most strikingly patriotic of all the Sheffield knives. A similar example was sold by James D. Julia auction house in 2002 for $4,600!
Inventory Number: EDG 010