BEAUTIFUL IDENTIFIED ISAAC BARNES BOWIE KNIFE – ENGLISH BORN EDMUND JOWETT, AUSTRALIAN EMIGRANT WHO WAS A POLITICIAN AND A RANCHER

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Isaac Barnes took over the Sheffield operation of his father, Edward Barnes, in 1871. Knives made by the firm as Edward Barnes or Edward Barnes and Sons had found an appreciative market in America and will be familiar to Civil War collectors. This is a very elegant example of their work, inscribed and owned by a prominent rancher in Australia, a place every bit as wild in the late 19th century as the U.S., and with just as keen an appreciation for a fine knife, as books like Burton’s “A Sure Defence” make clear.

This has a double-edged spear point blade, diamond in cross section with median ridge. The blade is marked on one ricasso “ISAAC BARNES / SHEFFIELD” in a cartouche. The hilt has a flat, narrow oval guard with globe finials. The gip is contoured to the hand with a beak pommel, and gripped with two slabs of mother of pearl, secured with five pins.

The scabbard has a smooth, rich finish and is mounted with a leather belt loop on one side, the other showing a central seam. The drag and throat are German silver.

The throat is beautifully inscribed in script on one side, “EDMUND JOWETT” between curving flourishes top and bottom.

Jowett was born in England in 1858 and emigrated to Australia at 1876. He worked at the Argus newspaper and also published elsewhere but most actively pursued livestock farming and had talent for it, eventually controlling more than forty properties in three Australian states, raising sheep and cattle, and covering more than six million acres. He served on several government boards and advisory committees, entering politics himself around World War One as a member of the Nationalist and then Country Party, which represented farmers, livestock owners and rural interests. He died in 1936.

The knife is in exceptional condition, with bright blade, smooth metal, and good edges and point. The only fault we find is some small gray spots at the ricasso and on the sides of the pommel. There is a very small chip to the mother of pearl on one side where it meets the lower edge of the pommel, but even that seems to have been repaired at the time by laying in another small piece. This is an elegant knife, well suited to a rancher with money and taste.  [SR]

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