*RARE* Tiffany & Co. New York Silver Mount Spear-Point Bowie with original sheath. Perhaps one of the rarest bowies currently on the market, this knife was made between 1880-1900 by Tiffany & Co. and bares the correct markings originally patterned by Gustave Young. The knife measures 11" long overall, with a 6.75" spear-point blade (with full tang). Beautiful, thick stag handles are in excellent condition, with silver escutcheon, silver hilt, and silver forward mounts. Blade is in great condition, with nice patina, crisp marking, and hardly any traces of sharpening. Remington R1123 4.5" Bullet Trapper, very rare ca. 1920, bone handle with a chip on each side of the handle, and a light varnish applied many years ago. Brass lined with nickeled bolster, some finish remaining. Original blades are clearly marked with both the Remington marking and numbers. The original Remington etching on the flat of the blade is no longer visible, and both blades show extensive sharpening and cleaning. Still a original and intact, pleasing knife that is very hard to find. Civil War era I XL George Wostenholm & Son Sheffield Spear-Point Bowie, ca. 1860-1870 with original sheath and rare Ivory handle. Overall measuring 9.75" with a 5.75" spear-point blade (full tang). Elephant ivory grips have a beautiful, mellow patina, with one small chip and crack on one side. Also on this side is enscribed "R. Brock" from the era, and scrimshawed with red and blue ink. The nickel silver hilt and blade both are untouched and with very crisp markings, the blade showing very little sharpening. Original sheath is also marked I XL and has the original mouth and belt clasp intact. The tip is missing, and the lower half of the sheath is in very rough condition. Overall a great original bowie from the Civil War era with potential history behind it, and with much desired but rarely seen ivory grips.
Rare Iver Johnson S. G. Co. Boston Fishing/Skinning knife, ca. 1886 with it's original full-cover sheath. Handle is checkered ebony and is in perfect condition, while the blade has been lightly cleaned but bares perfectly crisp markings and practically no signs of ever being sharpened. Measuring 8.75" overal with a 4.25" blade. Sheath is all original and intact with it's belt loop. One small tape mark on the front side. Very rare American knife, and certainly hard to find in this condition as most would have been extensively used for hunting or fishing.
STUNNING I XL George Wostenholm & Son Sheffield "The Hunter's Companion" Civil War Clip-Point Bowie ca. 1835-1860, with original sheath in amazing condition. Knife measures 12" overall with a 8" clip-point blade (full tang). Beautiful and rare Pearl handles are 100% perfect with no chips or cracks. Blade shows minimal to no sharpening, with mirror like original finish! Crisp markings. Sheath is all original and complete! Marked I XL and showing only minimal wear. You will find this bowie pictured in many Civil War books, and a reference from "The Story of Knives" by E.C. James may be of interest: "An indication of the popularity of English Bowie knives is the fact that James Bowie himself had a set of twelve pearl handled Bowie knives made for him by Wostenholm for presentation to his friends". This is an absolutely gorgeous example of a early Bowie, and has all the features and condition you would only hope to find in such a knife. Massive Landers, Frary, & Clark Clip-Point "Dog Bone" handle Bowie, Meriden, ca. 1865-1875 VERY RARE Awesome bowie measuring 16.25" long overall! Blade measures 11.125" (full tang) and is beautifuly untouched with minimal sharpening, and bares the early mark "L.F. & C. WARRANTED". Nicely worn ebony handle is free of any cracks or chips. Brass hilt and "Dog Bone" pommel are made of brass and show perfect patina. L.F. & C. is famous for making a vast array of items, ranging from scales to floor scrapers and other household goods. Most bowie knives encountered from this firm were made in quantity around turn of the 20th century and up. This bowie, was made much earlier, when L.F. & C. was perhaps just getting started and would have been produced in very small numbers as a fighting knife. A beautiful, massive American bowie with a great history, and a very rare piece. Interesting "Green River" Style Knife with Possible Indian-Made "Bullet" Sheath, ca. 1870-1880, Very simple general use knife, measuring 9.75" overall, with a wood handle and 5.375" unmarked blade. Handle remains in nice condition, with some spotted pitting to the blade. The leather sheath is hand-made using six lead bullets acting as rivets, and fringed around the edges. Awesome wear and look. Some splitting and loss to the upper corner of the sheath just from extensive use. A really neat, western used knife. Indian Buffalo Bone Clip-Point Bowie, ca. 1920's, Impressive Bowie, indian-made with what appears to be a Collins clip-point blade (unmarked). Well worn Buffalo bone handle is free of cracks or chips, with brass guard showing nice patina. Sheath is made of Buffalo hide, fringed, with indian beadwork. Overall measuring 15.75", the 9.375" blade shows propper patina with minimal sharpening. The sheath is in beautiful condition and showing light wear. Overall a highly unique, massive, indian-made Bowie that has a wonderful western appeal. Superb G. Woodhead Sheffield Spear-Point Bowie with Horn Handle, ca. 1850-1870, Very Scarce. Measuring 9.5" overall, with a 5.375" spear-point blade (full tang). Horn handles were among the best quality materials to be used on bowies, and Woodhead knives characteristically used this, along with round, Pearl inlays. Handles are in great condition, with no chips or cracks, and only a small spot of natural deterioration near the pommel. Pearl inlays are intact and perfect. Blade is untouched, showing minimal sharpening with a good marking. Original sheath is in fair conditon, with it's original mouth and embossings. Slight seperation from wear at the tip. This is a very special bowie in beauiful, untouched condition. Very Nice William Thomas Staniforth Sheffield Clip-Point Bowie, ca. 1875-1890, measuring 10.625" overal with a 6.5" clip-point blade (full tang). The blade shows very minimal signs of any sharpening, and has a crisp marking. It has a wonderful shape and style though, the epitome of the clip-point design. Stag handles are in excellent condition, with only one .25" hairline below the brass guard. The knife appears to have been lightly cleaned at one point, but still has a wonderful look. Nice knife with a good, uncommon name. Very Rare R. Bunting & Son Sheffield Clip-Point Bowie, ca. 1840, measuring 11.25" overall with a 6.875" clip-point blade (full tang). Exceedingly rare, early bowie. Stang handles are in perfect condition, with no cracks or chips, and with great patina. The blade shows a crisp marking, very minimal sharpening, and still retains it's original luster! Knives marked "R. Bunting & Sons" are considered to be of the 1841-1850 period, but this knife is marked with "Son", showing that this is one of his earlier knives. A very rare piece in excellent condition. RARE W. R. Case & Sons Bradford, PA C61050 Swell Center Hunter, ca. 1905-1920. Measuring 5.375" closed, and 9.5" open. The marking on this knife indicates that it is one of the earliest variations made by Case. As stated in "The Official Price Guide To Collector Knives", by C. Houston price; "Very few knives with this stamping will be encountered, so it is hard to develop a reliable price structure on them; but, on most patterns, a "W. R. Case" or "Bradford" stamped knife will bring up to 20% more than the same pattern with a "Case Tested" stamping." The bolsters retain all of their original finish, while the green bone handles are in great condition, with one .25" crack on the escutcheon side, and a hairline on the reverse side near the bolster (hardly visible). Markings are crisp, and the blade shows light sharpening with nice patina. Overall in great shape with a very pleasing look. Hard to find another like it. Documented Confederate used Civil War Clip-Point Bowie from Johnson's Island Prison, ca. 1850. Overall length measures 13.5" with a heavy, massive 9.375" clip-point blade (full tang). This knife came out of Col. Raymond C. Vietzen's "Indian Ridge Museum" located in Elyria, Ohio. The museum was built in 1930 by Vietzen, who had been an archaeologist for over 60 years. The knife was acquired in 1998 from the estate of Mr. Vietzen. Accompanying the knife is an original brochure from the "Indian Ridge Museum", a letter of authenticity written by R. C. Vietzen himself, and a letter written by the man who purchased the knife from the estate. The authenticy note is written on a very early letterhead from Mr. Vietzen's Auto Service Garage, also located in Elyria, and reads: "Reported taken from a Confederate soldier at Johnsons Island Prison by a guard" -RCV The knife is traced in his hand on the letterhead, around the note. Johnson's Island Prison was located near Sandusky, Ohio, and was the only Federal Prisoner of War camp intended to hold Confederate officers, though as the war progressed regular enlisted men were incarcerated as well. From 1862-1865, between 9,000 and 15,000 Confederate soldiers, officers, and generals, passed through the prison. The knife features a rare Ivory handle, which shows absolutely wonderful age, wear, and color. Their is an old crack below the guard on one side, but no chips or missing pieces. The blade is in excellent condition, unmarked, showing very little signs of sharpening, and has a great patina overall. One of the most impressive clip-point blades we have ever seen. The original nickel silver guard has a little play to it, and shows consistent wear and patina. This is a really impressive piece with a great history. Civil War era Swell Center Folding Hunter, ca. 1855-1865, measuring just over 5.25" closed, and just over 9" open. Wood handles show nice wear with no chips or cracks. The blade has been sharpened and cleaned extensively long ago, and in doing so, most of the maker's name has been removed. A few letters are visible, but not enough to put a name to the knife. The bolsters look to have also been heavily cleaned at the same time. It has picked up a nice patina since though, and is a good looking knife. Great for a Civil War reenactor, display, or just to carry. Cased Georgian Gold Gilded Sterling Silver Blade John Yeomans Cowlishaw Sheffield 1863 Fruit Knife, VERY RARE IN GOLD GILD, beautiful knife measuring 3.375" closed and 6" open. Pearl handles are perfect, and engraved on both sides, and the blade is solid Sterling silver, hallmarked, and engraved on one side. The hallmark "V" dates this to 1863, and it is signed by the maker JYC. The Lion Passant hallmark denotes the blade as Sterling. Silver or gold were used for fruit knife blades since the acids from the fruits would not stain them, though gold is rarely encountered. The velvet lined case is in great condition, and has a small button on the front to open it. A superb example of a fruit knife in absolutely perfect condition. Civil War era Spear-Point Bowie, ca. 1860, Possibly Confederate? Measuring just under 12" overall with a 7.5" spear-point blade (full tang), this bowie is very similar in style to the "Rio Grande Camp Knife". The stag handles are in great shape with pleasant wear, and just one .25" hairline below the brass guard. Blade looks to have been lightly pitted at one time, then cleaned. It is unmarked. Otherwise, it shows very little signs of sharpening. The brass guard looks very similar to those on known Confederate bowies. More research could yield some valuable information. Comes with a later made, but nicely done leather sheath. RARE Revolutionary War era Colonial "Long Knife", ca. 1760-1780, measuring 24" tip to tip, with a 15" edge. This is the type of frontier made knife made famous by the "Long Knives" militia of Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark, so called because of the long fighting knives they carried. The unit and it's commander are most notably recognized for their participation in the Ilinois Campaign of 1778/1779. The knife features a very long, thin blade probably made from a file or some other piece of approriate stock, and is held by a natural piece of antler fastened by two iron pins. The handle shows perfect wear and age, with excellent patina throughout. No cracks, chips, or repairs ever. The blade shows a correct brown patina, with minimal sharpening from the era. Nice full tang that sweeps down through the handle. This style of knife from this period is very hard to find today, and this example is the most impressive we have seen. The patina is just wonderful and untouched. A rare, one of a kind Revolutionary War knife. Beautiful Civl War Manson Sheffield Clip-Point Bowie with Eagle Etched Blade and Nickel Silver Mounts, ca. 1860, measuring 11.75" overall with a clip-point blade just over 6.5" long. Wonderfully sculpted nickel silver handle is in excellent condition with nice patina. The blade has a patriotic eagle motif surrounded by 24 stars etched into one side of the blade. This was popular on large knives made during the American Civil War, and because of it's light etching into the surface will frequently be found worn away. The etching on this knife is absolutely perfect, with little to no wear detracting from the design. The blade shows minimal signs of ever being sharpened, but does have a very tiny chip about 1/3 of the way up on the edge. It is hardly worth mentioning, but should be noted. The maker's name is clearly stamped and visible. The original sheath is in excellent condition as well, marked "O-K", and complete with it's original tip and mouth. It appears that this knife was used in a fight or battle at some point, as there is a small cut into the nickel silver gaurd, that also lines up with a small piece missing from the mouth of the sheath. This looks to have been caused by a blow from another edged weapon while the knife was in it's sheath. A very interesting Civil War bowie that is overall in very impressive condition.
The shoulder-belt and sheath are in very nice condition, and feature two brass rings and a brass snap. The sheath is clearly marked on the upper back. There is some red dye on the tip of the sheath that appears to have been stained many years ago.
It has been mentioned in books that there is only one currently known "silver mounted" Tiffany bowie in existance, that being the elaborately embellished knife of Theodore Roosevelt. In the famous photograph taken of the Tiffany & Co. "Hunter's Display" at the 1900 Paris Exposition, a similar bowie and belt/sheath is pictured, and few surviving examples of Tiffany skinning gear also bare the same markings and construction of this knife. Certainly one of only a handful ever made, and one of perhaps a few still in existance, this is a rare American bowie that eludes most collections.
MANY more knives coming soon, including early Bowies and several vintage pocket and folding knives.
RARE "California" Gambler's Push Dagger & Sheath, ca. 1860-1880 with original sheath and wood handle. Probably made by Will & Fink of San Fransisco, but unmarked as most were. All original and untouched, with a 3" blade and a 3 1/2" wide handle. The entire knife measures 5 3/4" long. The blade is full and clean, with light sharpening. The handle is a select grade wood, with light, original varnish and nice patina. The Nickel Silver sheath is complete with it's original belt clip and is in excellent condition. Marked examples of these with Ivory grips have sold for over $30,000! These daggers are very rare, and were a favorite of gamblers and prostitutes of the old west.