BRONZE EAGLE-HEADED TRENCH KNIFE BOWIE STYLE BLADE Civil War Heritage!
PRICE $375.00 plus $10.00 shipping to 48=LEFT>
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.
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.
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.
FOR SALE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY. THIS KNIFE IS SOLD AS A COLLECTIBLE FOR
DISPLAY ONLY AND THE OFFER IS VOID IN STATES PROHIBITED BY LAW. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER TO KNOW THE LAWS OF
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