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    A VERY RARE ALFRED HUNTER BOWIE KNIFE ca. 1840s.
    This is the finest Hunter in existence previously from the Petty Collection. Alfred Hunter manufactured some of the earliest Bowie knives from the 1830's from his business located in Newark, New Jersey. This beautiful knife measures 13 5/8" overall and has a unique 8" blade which includes a 'Spanish notch' near the crossguard, a feature seen in early Bowie knives. The perfect blade has been extremely well maintained with only slight scratches at 3/4 down the blade's edge. The maker's mark of 'Alfred Hunter's Superior Cutlery' is stamped at the ricasso on the left.
    The handle of this knife has been artfully carved from a single piece of whale bone which has cracked down the length of the right side but is still very much intact as held securely by brass plates and rivets on each side which are original to the knife. The bone has a nice beige color and is carved in a scroll motif (zoomorphic eyes) which contrasts well with the 3" wide brass crossguard. The brown leather sheath is in good condition with its 2 1/2" brass tip and 1 1/2" brass throat. Although the metal frog is missing, the sheath is in very stable condition and accepts the knife nicely. From The William Turner Collection.


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    November, 2007
    11th Sunday
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