330. Rio Grande Camp Knife by Jackson

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This massive knife measures 15" overall with a 10" full tang spear point blade. Identical to the knife John Wilkes Booth stabbed Major Rathborne with after he assassinated President Lincoln and brandished when he jumped to the stage. The blade shows brush marks from being cleaned and is now a bright silver patina with remnants of pinprick pitting and scattered fine oxidation staining. There are a few spots of freckling and oxidation along the the edges. The obverse side of the blade is marked "RIO GRANDE CAMP KNIFE" and a lightly fading "Wm JACKSON & CO / SHEAF ISLAND WORKS / SHEFFIELD / 1830" on the ricasso. The oval German silver guard shows remnants of pin sized pits and may have been lightly cleaned with the blade. The stag handles rate near excellent having darkened nicely with age and are fastened by small bright pins. There is a tiny crack at the rear pin on the obverse side. The leather sheath appears original and is equipped with a leather belt loop and a German silver collar. The leather shows modest scuffing and has become somewhat dry but remains mostly intact separating only at the tip. The collar shows light dings and dents and the rear retention pin is missing. A nice example of one of the most famous pre Civil War Bowies in American History. (58793-3) (1000/1500) SOLD FOR $1,150.00

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