Rare pictorial book on the fascinating subject of Antique Bowie knives. American's in the late 1820's became familiar with James Bowie in a nationally published article about a duel between two parties of individuals on a Mississippi river sandbar in which James Bowie survived numerous guns shot and stab wounds and ended up killing his adversary Maj. Norris Wright with "a large butcher knife". The story excited readers and word spread around and soon people wanted a knife like Bowie's to carry on their person for self defense. The official name "Bowie knife" came about very early in the 1830's.
Americans skilled in such fields as silversmithing and surgical instrument makers were the first to make these weapons on order for those who felt the need to have one specially made to suit their taste. Sheffield soon caught on and with the forging skills they had going back centuries in making swords they soon took over to fill the large demand.
Published in 1992, this book, although hanging slack in the text department, is unquestionably the finest pictorial book ever published on this subject. It's filled with Bowie knives made in America and Sheffield with examples of frontier knives, California gold rush knives, San Francisco made knives, folding Bowie knives, confederate and Civil War knives, and south of the border knives.
This book is in excellent condition and complete with all the original packaging each individual book came with from the publisher. Front cover has minor scuffs. Inside pages are in absolutely wonderful condition, looks like almost never opened. The item "Rare Limited edition of The Antique Bowie Knife Book.
Only 1100 copies printed" is in sale since Sunday, November 19, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Western Americana\Antique Western". The seller is "atthediggings" and is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This item can be shipped worldwide.