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c1830 British Bowie Knife by Rodgers of Sheffield
  • c1830 British Bowie Knife by Rodgers of Sheffield
  • c1830 British Bowie Knife by Rodgers of Sheffield
  • c1830 British Bowie Knife by Rodgers of Sheffield
  • c1830 British Bowie Knife by Rodgers of Sheffield
  • c1830 British Bowie Knife by Rodgers of Sheffield
  • c1830 British Bowie Knife by Rodgers of Sheffield
  • c1830 British Bowie Knife by Rodgers of Sheffield

c1830 British Bowie Knife by Rodgers of Sheffield

Price:

£400.00


Product Description

A c1830 late Georgian Sheffield steel made example of a Bowie Knife by the renowned maker Joseph Rogers.

The knife has the typical Bowie shape, with a clip point blade, a straight crossguard, a full tang handle with antler horn grips. The ricasso has the traditional trademarks of the star and Maltese cross on one side. On the other side of the ricasso is the royal crown between the G. R. of Georgius Rex (George III or George IV), J. RODGERS & SONS – 6 NORFOLK ST. – SHEFFIELD ENGLAND. There is a small metal plate on the handle with the owner’s initials J S H stamped. The knife has its original leather scabbard, which doesn’t have a belt loop and is better suited to carrying in the boot. Condition is very good, with a very clean blade.

Knives such as this, with a blade shaped like that of the Bowie knife, are today called "Sheffield Bowie" knives, because this blade shape became so popular that cutlery factories in Sheffield, England were mass-producing such knives for export to the U.S. by 1850, usually with a handle made from either hardwood, deer antler, or bone, and sometimes with a guard and other fittings of Sterling or German silver. This example is interesting given that it is earlier and contests the theory that the design was down to Jim Bowie.

Rodgers & Sons originally registered the trademark star and cross logo in 1764. The company grew becoming known for the excellence of their blades and knives, that it would become Sheffield’s largest cutlery factory. Rodgers’ products were now being exported to growing export markets – Asia, Africa, the Americas, virtually the whole world. America would become Rodgers largest export market and it is claimed that it was a Rodgers’ hunting knife, given to Buffalo Bill by General Custer, which Bill used in his duel with Sitting Bull. It has been claimed that so great was Rodgers’ reputation for producing only the finest products, that the word “Rujjus” (variation on Rodgers) became part of the Sinhalese dialect as a general expression of superlative quality.

Size: 26 cm (10 ¼ inches)
Weight: 200g

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