EM DICKINSON Sheffield England boot knife marked “The Invicta” made in the 1890th. Full tang, German silver guard, jigged bone handle, original leather sheath included – a rare type.
Antique 19th-century spear-point “boot knife” Bowie with razor-sharp 7-3/4″ / 19.7 cm blade and attractively aged original jigged bone / German silver guard handle. Made in the 1890th by the E.M. DICKINSON (registered in 1870) in Sheffield, England. Invicta means “undefeated” or “unconquered” in Latin – a good name for a good fighter! Sheffield-made knives always played a big part in American history. From the Gold Rushes in California and Yukon, to the battles the Civil War and in the frontier – Sheffield Bowies and daggers were hugely popular in every corner of the United States.
This dagger is obviously used, but it is in better than average condition and still in the original tubular leather sheath. Solid full-tang constaction; the blade has been re-sharpened and it is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. Original jigged bone handle scales are in great condition, considering the age – no cracks, chips or repairs. German silver guard is tight; all handle parts are solid with no play. It looks like the original oval crossguard was shortened and converted to a slim “boot-carry” profile – some people also call this a “gambler’s dagger” type. It’s an interesting specimen, to say the least. Ricasso is stamped E.M. DICKINSON / SHEFFIELD on one side, The Invicta / ENGLAND on the other. The dagger is about 12-1/4″ / 31 cm overall; the blade is about 7-3/4″ / 19.7 cm long. Original tubular construction leather sheath with embossed floral patterns had its belt hanger removed; it looks like the sheath was modified for “boot carry” as well. In spite of the advanced age and obvious use and abuse in the field, all stitching is still intact; the leather is still soft. Original issue Bowie sheaths are VERY hard to find since they deteriorated much faster than the knives; this type is super-hard this complete.
Over 130 years later, this antique EM Dickinson Sheffield England boot knife is still in very much serviceable condition. These vintage boot knives are pretty scarce nowadays, especially with the original leather sheath included; don’t miss your chance to add this gorgeous specimen to your collection!
This EM Dickinson Sheffield England boot knife and its original sheath have not been cleaned or tampered with in any way. This classic Bowie is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. We have several other vintage European knives available for sale – please check out our Collectable Blades section for similar listings. Please take a look at a another vintage dagger by made EM Dickinson in Sheffield, England we have available for sale – another hard to find type!
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