Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    "GOLD RUSH BOWIE KNIFE" WITH PEACOCK AND ENGLISH CROWN SILHOUETTE MOTIF ca. 1830's - This single edged blade, total length 13.25", with floral etching both sides, has an open nickel silver handle and an 'S'-shaped guard. The motifs are a bird sitting on a vine above a crown near the pommel of the grip. Stamped at the ricasso are "W. Butcher, Sheffield" below the namesake of the butcher knife crown with "W. R." initials. The Bowie includes an original leather sheath with plain nickel throat and tip, total length 8.25"

    Condition: The knife has been lightly sharpened and has some light pitting.

    Note: The next lot in this sale is an ambrotype photo of a man with this type of Bowie knife in his belt making this a treasure of American history rarely seen in the collecting community. From The William Turner Collection.

    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
    November, 2007
    11th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,392

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) 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
    Only 5 days left to consign to the "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History!

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 November 10-11 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part IV - Dallas
    2018 November 10-11 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part IV - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $654,597