Knife, bowie type

Knife, bowie type

Artist: Unknown maker, Sheffield
Type: Dog bone handle with nickel silver wrap; marked on the ricasso: Arkansaw knife made of the best silver steel"
Year: 1830s
Size/Dimensions: LOA 13.25 in
Origin: Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council Purchase
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Arkansas(w) knife" was used in the mid-1830s for the new style of knife that people were carrying. Eventually Arkansas toothpick" and bowie knife" became the predominant terms used for the self-defense knives present especially in the West and South. This Sheffield example features a wrap all the way around the handle, perhaps inspired by the wrap that James Black used around the butt of his bowies. The use of this kind of metal wrap was highly unusual until Black popularized it. This knife was illustrated in the Antique Bowie Knife Book.

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Knife, bowie type