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Bowie Knife
Material and Medium: steel Horn
Dimensions: Overall: 45 x 250mm (1 3/4 x 9 13/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1944.41
This style of knife is named after James Bowie, who famously fought and won a duel with his hunting knife in frontier Mississippi in 1827. Sheffield cutlers were quick to respond to the demand which followed in the wake of the legend and soon dominated the American trade in this style of knife. The blade has been etched with the words: ‘Never draw me without reason nor sheath me without honour’. It became fashionable to inscribe or etch fighting knife blades with impressive slogans, and this was particularly true for items meant for the American market. This phrase is a translation of a motto that was popular on Spanish swords. The maker of the knife is unknown.
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