DescriptionW. E. JACKSON "GOLD RUSH" ETCHED BLADE BOWIE KNIFE - 'CALIFORNIA' ca. 1840s- This cleanly made, simply styled, yet effective Bowie is previously from the Tellison Collection. It is made by W. E. Jackson of Sheffield, England and is another example of the fine English cutlers adding an alluring American "Gold Rush" touch to their fine knives. While the 8 7/8" blade has some of the original finish missing, one can still clearly see the name 'California' etched amid a mountainous scene on the middle section of the blade. The 14 1/4" knife has a sturdy 5" ebony one-piece handle with three rivets. The 2" brass crossguard is a nice contrast to the overall look of the knife.
The beautiful Moroccan leather, gold embossed sheath has a 1" throat which is missing the frog while the 1 1/2" tip has some tarnish to the right side, obviously due to wear. From The William Turner Collection.
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