BRITISH BUTLER AND COMPANY SAWTOOTH BOWIE KNIFE

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Item Code: E2836

A relic of the British Raj in India. Think “Lives of a Bengal Lancer” and Rudyard Kipling. This stag hilted bowie features a double-edged spearpoint blade with a sawtooth back edge for dismembering game. Overall length is approx. 10.5”.  The grip slabs are excellent, pin fastened, and feature a German silver shield-shaped escutcheon on one side. The approx. 6.5” long blade is smooth metal, with no sharpening marks, good edge and point. The obverse shows largely bright with scattered gray spots and some brown at the ricasso. The reverse shows more staining and some dark spots near the German silver guard.

The maker name is stamped on the ricasso: “Geo. / Butler & Co. / Sheffield” along with the word “ART” in an oval, a marking out sources indicate he started using in 1861. About one third of the way to the point is a stamped dealer trademark of a griffin in a double oval with “Bombay & Poona / Treacher & Co. Limited” between the two border lines. William Treacher was a pharmacist, who obviously carried other necessary goods. He set up shop in Bombay in 1864, with a branch in Poona in 1879, dating our knife nicely to the height of British rule in India.

The scabbard is excellent. The body is brownish-red leather and is complete with German silver throat and tip. It has a few white paint specks that will clean off. The belt loop is in place and the throat also features a spoon-shaped spring catch that engages a narrow notch in the side of the guard.  [sr]

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