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    Unmarked Special Pair of English-Made Knives, sheathed together. a. The first is a 15-3/4" drop-point Bowie with plated and polished 10-3/4" blade, ΒΌ" spine, and coin silver ferrule and pommel on a staghorn handle. The blade shows some corrosion of the finish on the left side, and the blued oval iron guard has been restored or replaced. b. With it is an exquisite miniature clip-point Bowie just 8-1/8" long overall with a 4-5/8" blade. The staghorn plates are secured to the full tang by 3 rivets. c. The scabbard consists of finely finished and stitched russet leather with two sheaths. The main sheath is 10-3/4" long; the adjacent miniature sheath is 5-7/8" long; overall the scabbard measures 16-7/8". On the front is hand-burned in small lettering, "James H Cator." On the back appears "James Cator from DAD 1877."

    Jim Cator and his older brother, Bob, sons of a British sea captain, migrated to Kansas late in 1871 (Jim was 19) seeking adventure and hoping, of course, to make a fortune. By the following spring they had outfitted as buffalo runners and were making their mark on the southern herds. Among other adventures, they narrowly missed participating in the climactic 1874 Battle of Adobe Walls because they were besieged in their own encampment not far away. They prospered in Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico and by 1877 were part-time merchants in their own right. Bob later moved to Oregon. Jim remained in the Texas Panhandle as a successful merchant and, later, civic leader until his death in 1927.

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    October, 2015
    25th Sunday
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