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The knife made famous by Alamo martyr Jim Bowie - a wonderful example of a later production
"""Bowie"" knife, silver and bone. The blade is approximately 8 inches long, and the hilt is 5 inches long. This knife was made by Bower, circa 1890, and is in lovely condition. It has a German silver mount, and stag bone handles that are well preserved. The original sheath has an imprint of a buffalo, making it of additional Western interest. The sheath clasp is missing the fastener, which could be replaced, and does not detract at all.Devised by James Bowie, who died in the siege of the Alamo, the Bowie knife achieved fame in the Sandbar duel in 1827, when Jim Bowie killed a man. It has since become the subject of a cycle of heroic folktales. Although supplanted by the Colt Six-Shooter, it was standard equipment for frontiersmen and backwoodsmen for four decades. Mountain Men used a modified form of the Bowie knife, Texas Rangers rode with it, and Mississippi River pirates disemboweled their victims with it. With a strong, well-guarded blade that could be thrown as well as wielded, it was both economical and practical for skinning, cutting meat, eating, fighting duels, hammering, and performing other functions."
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