Antique JOSEPH RODGERS SONS Sheffield Bowie knife with stag handle and hard to find original sheath. Marked J. RODGERS & SONS No 6 NORFOLK ST SHEFFIELD. Made circa 1860-1870; VERY RARE
An antique Bowie made circa 1860-1870 by Joseph Rodgers & Sons in Sheffield, England in rare slightly used condition. The company’s famous ✱ ✢ trademark (star and the Maltese cross) was first used as early as 1682. A lot of these antique British Bowies were marketed to the Union solders during the Civil War and beyond. These handy knives were very popular with the troops, as evident from the numerous Civil War era photos of solders posing with the Bowies of various shapes and sizes. This very attractive Bowie is about 9-7/8” / 25 cm overall; the blade is about 5-5/8” / 14.3 cm long; full-tang construction. Ricasso is stamped “star and cross” / J. RODGERS & SONS / No 6 NORFOLK ST / SHEFFIELD. The blade is very lightly sharpened with an attractive original gray patina throughout; it’s Razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. The edge is near-perfect with just one tiny nick toward the tip; blade’s spine is excellent with no typical dings or contact marks.
Original stag handle scales with engravable oval medallion pinned on one side. An unusually thick solid German silver cross guard is about 5 mm thick and 2-3/16” / 5.5 cm wide; pins and medallion are also made of German silver. Stag scales are in excellent shape, considering the age; all parts are tight. Original quality leather sheath is included. The leather is soft and supple still; German silver throat is nice and tight but the other metal piece covering the tip went missing – a fixable detraction. All original stitching is intact; after over 150 years this sheath is still in very much serviceable condition.
This antique Joseph Rodgers Sons Sheffield Bowie Knife is in excellent overall condition; these Bowies are VERY rare this nice, especially with the original leather sheath included. Most of the surviving antique “classic” Bowies are in private collections and rarely come up for sale; don’t miss your chance to add this gorgeous specimen to your collection!
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