Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Large, Superb Condition C. 1850 Sheffield Bowie Knife By Corsan, Denton, Burdekin & Co. Being The Exact Knife Pictured Opposite P. 270 in "The Antique Bowie Knife Book". The knife is 16 1/2" overall with a 9 7/8" blade having a 2 7/8" clipped and 4 7/8" false edge. The condition of the blade overall is near mint with just a few tiny scratches along the edge and a few minor stains, most notably at the tip. The blade was possibly very carefully hand cleaned at some point, but beautifully done and has not resulted in any alteration. Marked on the reverse ricasso "Corsan, Denton (in an arc) / Burdekin & Co."The German silver guard is 1 1/8" from top to bottom and 2 1/2" wide. Composed of deep intricate scrollwork with the quillons terminating with scrolls. Perfect condition with very nice untouched patina. The 4 1/4" ebony grip is faceted on the corners and inlaid with three 3/8" mother of pearl discs, equally spaced, on the reverse face. The reverse face also exhibits a tiny age hairline with no loss that detracts nothing. The 1 1/4" German silver pommel is composed of a textured scrollwork base with a trapezoidal cap with deep line decoration. Also perfect condition with very nice untouched patina. The original brown Moroccan leather sheath mounts a German silver tip with a minor bend, and is decorated along the edges, front and back, with gilt embossing, along with a gilt embossed scroll in the center. German silver throat with round faced circular frog stud which mounts the original frog and belt loop. The belt loop with a 3" opening. Scabbard really excellent with just a few minor scuffs along the edge. the frog/belt loop is very sound but with about 50% flaking/scuffing. Obviously the set has always been together just as it is currently presented.
    An absolutely beautiful knife of desirable size and superb condition.

    Estimate: $6,000 - up.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 765

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 June 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 December 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 December 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,490,138