CLIP POINT BOWIE KNIFE BY CORSAN, DENTON, BURDEKIN & Co.

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Item Code: 30-2146

In business from about 1850 to 1863, this British firm saw the Civil War as a business opportunity. Corsan even came over here from October to December 1862 and traveled south, ostensibly to check in on old clients, but also to get the lay of the land with a likely view to blockade running. At least so his interest in the southern economy and cotton would lead one to believe as published in 1863 in his book, “Two Months in the Confederate States.”

This is a classic clip point Bowie with a small German silver oval guard and cutlery handle. Measuring about 11 ½ inches overall, the knife carries a 6 ¼ inch blade. The blade is etched on the reverse with a spread-winged eagle in a double-bordered oval carrying stars within its two border lines and sun rays extending from the edges. The blade edges are good, but there are scattered brown and gray areas, particularly near the point, which has some reddish standing rust on the obverse, and broader darker areas on the reverse and some very slight pitting. The etching is light but legible, though fading a bit in the gray zone toward the tip.

The original green and gilt edged leather and pasteboard scabbard is still present. The German silver throat still has its fastening button. The tip is missing and there are some rubs and some wear spots exposing the underlying body. The obverse of the scabbard also bears a gilt blind-stamped flower about two-thirds of the way to the tip.

Some judicious cleaning of the tip might be merited, but the knife is a good example of a Civil War and earlier Bowie supplied by a British maker specifically to the American market.  [sr]

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