Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 159: R.S. Stenton English Bowie Knife with Sheath

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

R.S. Stenton English Bowie Knife with Sheath

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 184
Class: Other

Measuring 14 1/2 inches overall, with a 10 inch long blade with a long clip point, a faint "TEMPERED UPON" marking on the left flat and "R.S. STENTON/CAN CUT A/BOW AND/SPLIT A DOLLAR" double struck on the left ricasso. The hilt is a single piece of German silver with flared guard and pommel, contoured grip section, and a set of smooth antique panels with silver pins and accent plates. The sheath is black leather with impressed decorations and a silver tip and throat, showing no visible makers or purity markings. Records on Stenton are limited, but they are shown as registering patents on knife designs in 1841 in London.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The blade shows areas of dark deep pitting, with loss of detail in the markings and evidence of light sharpening. The hilt shows mild scuffing, and the grip panels have a chip absent on the right, forming on the left, and show a fine aged color and grain. The sheath is also very good, with mild scuffing and some light repairs on the spine and edge.

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