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    AN EXCEPTIONAL BUNTING, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND BOWIE KNIFE "THE LAST RESORT" IN ALL GILT BRASS SCABBARD, ca. 1830-40 -
    Previously from the Dixon Collection, this beautiful 13 1/2" overall Bowie knife has a highly etched 8 1/2" blade with a floral pattern on the left side from the ricasso to the tip of the blade. Interestingly, in a 2" cartouche etched in the center of the blade are the words "Le Dernier Ressort", meaning 'the last resort' in French, this weapon being the frontiersman's last line of defense in surviving an attack.
    The maker's mark of 'Manufactured by R. Bunting & Sons, Sheffield' is stamped at the ricasso on the left side while the name of 'W. Greaves & Sons', a Sheffield merchant is stamped in a cartouche at 1" from the ricasso on the left side of the blade. The attractive bone handle has brass rivets and fittings including a rectangular brass plate on either side, not engraved. The 1 3/4" crossguard has a petal effect and makes the overall look of this knife appealing.
    This Bowie has an unusual and beautiful brass gold gilt sheath. At 9" the brass and partially leather-covered sheath has a fluted tip and is gilded for the last 6" with the upper 3" being wrapped in a medium brown leather which has been fashioned into a belt loop on the reverse. From The William Turner Collection.




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    November, 2007
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