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BRONZE EAGLE-HEADED TRENCH KNIFE BOWIE STYLE BLADE
Civil War Heritage!

PRICE $375.00 plus $10.00 shipping to 48 contiguous States


 
Presented is a very rare, bronze hilt eagle pommel trench knife with a Bowie knife type blade. The blade is wider than normal and has an oversize one inch Fuller with a fierce looking false edge that is three and one half inches long with a vertical strengthening ridge. The blade was cast into the handle at the time of making. The knife has an overall length of fourteen and three quarter inches and a weight of 1 lb 12 oz. The shows evidence that it was gilded at one time, but much of this has been worn or polished away. 
 
The design of the eagle is similar to some of the early one's in Mowbray's "The American Eagle-Pommel Sword, the early years, 1794-1830. Bowie's original knife design dates back to 1827-1830, but our guess is that it is much later. Maybe the turn of the 20th C. or even WW I. The Fuller and false edge are prominent features.
Trench knives are either purpose-made weapons, or are made from cut-down (shortened) bayonets or swords. They are intended for close-quarter fighting with the original designs originating in the trench warfare of the First World War, and maybe earlier.
 
DIMENSIONS:
 
LOA    14 3/4"                                            Hilt       5" L x 2 1/2" W x 3/4" T  
Length false edge  3 1/2”   
                    Width Fuller 1“
Blade
10" L x 1 1/2" W x 1/4" T               Weight 1 lbs 12 oz
 
 
          Fierce eagle head guard
         Opposite side of grip
                                Rare eagle head and Bowie blade combination
 
HISTORY OF EAGLE POMMELS: At the earliest days of our republic, at the turn of the 19th century, the eagle's head in a style that was typically American in character first began to be used as the pommel of sword hilts intended for the military. In the United States National Museum at Washington is an unusually interesting officer's saber, undoubtedly of French manufacture, having an eagle head pommel and blade decorated with spread eagle, E Pluribus Unum motto, and the date 1783. This is without question one of the first swords to be so designed and inscribed. Once the vogue for the eagle head pommel was established, it remained in popularity in the Army for half a century. In the naval service it was much shorter lived, probably from about 1832 into the 1840's. That said, we have no idea of the significance of the eagle pommel on this knife, its age or country of origin.

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 This is an exceptional fighting knife. Consequently it should appeal to the most sophisticated collector who desires the best quality.

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