“MISSISSIPPI TOASTER” BOWIE KNIFE WITH SHEATH

$4,750.00

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Item Code: 30-2054

Knife dates to circa 1840. Etched on the right side of the blade in high relief is "MISSISSIPPI TOASTER". Etched on the top of the blade is, "MANUFACTURED FOR F.C. GOERGEN NEW ORLEANS", who worked in New Orleans from 1842 until his death in 1849.

Knife has gentle clip with swedge. Blade measures 9” long, entire length is 14”. Grips are black ebony. German silver mounts on handle and scabbard. Leather scabbard has simple embossed pattern on front.

A previous owner states that knife surfaced in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Knife obviously laid on something corrosive for many years. This in turn ate through the scabbard and into the blade. The blade still exhibits part of the Mississippi and all of the Toaster etched on its right side. Blade has heavy pitting in the center area, and a chip out of the blade. Scabbard has moderate crazing on one side, while other side is split with a hole in the center.

A similar piece was owned by Norm Flayderman and is in his book "The Bowie Knife".

These New Orleans Bowies are some of the most sort after and hardest to find of all Bowies.  [sl]

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