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Rare 19th C. American or English Oversized Folding Bowie Knife, w/ walrus grip scales

( ID: ad1160 )

A fine and rare American or English bowie knife of the 19th C. made in the folding bowie style.  The grip scales are of walrus tooth a material used primarily used on bowie knives made in San Francisco in the mid to late 19th C.   Walrus tooth was a highly uncommon grip material for daggers and knives in Europe, where elephant ivory was primarily used.  It is highly probable as a result that this is an American folding bowie made in the West, dating to the period 1850-1890.

This example has the original silver mounted scabbard mounted with green cloth covering.  The blade is unmarked but in fine condition with some age marks from use.  The lock is tight and the knife opens and closes without looseness, by depressing the middle button escutcheon which releases the blade to be opened. Then to close the knife the ring pull allows the blade to fold back.

A fine folding bowie of rare origin.

Overall length opened 16", blade is 11 1/2", overall length closed 12".

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