Extremely Rare & Fine “DEATH TO ABOLITION” James Rogers Bowie Knife

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Extremely Rare & Fine “DEATH TO ABOLITION” James Rogers Bowie Knife


14” overall, 9” clip point blade etched in large script panel: “DEATH TO ABOLITION”. One of the earliest motto’d Sheffield knives and among the most historic and iconic messages seen on antebellum American Bowies, its etched sentiment being culpable for starting the Civil War. Very few “DTA” knives exist with this script style and floral background motif. An 1838 anti-slavery broadside is known to exist with a drawing of this same motto on a blade, but with block lettering as seen on most examples. Blade is stamped on ricasso “JAMES ROGERS / CELEBRATED / MAKER. SHEFFIELD”, heavy cast German Silver grip with German silver pinned ivory slab grips, German silver escutcheon, sculptured cross guard, and clamshell pommel. Its original and rarely seen German silver, relief repousse sheath fits knife perfectly. This is a great opportunity for those with a keen interest in collecting Confederate. Its script motif, fine high-polish blade condition and complete scabbard offer a rare opportunity to add to any exceptional collection.

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