Enoch Drabble Ivory Hilted Bowie Knife

8.75" single-edged clip point blade with 2.75" false edge. 12.007" overall length with 4.25" hilt and 3.05" scalloped German silver cross guard and .4" German silver bolster. Carved elephant ivory grip with scalloped motif at hilt. Reverse ricasso is marked *ENOCH DRABBLE* in an arc over ROYAL CUTLER. The reverse of the blade is further marked ARKANSAS in an arc over TOOTH / PICK. The knife was produced circa 1845 and was almost certainly produced for the American market, based upon the blade markings. Knife is accompanied by a German silver mounted leather scabbard with a pebble grain finish that is missing the frog button. The scabbard measured 10" in length and has been added to the knife, as alluded to in the accompanying letter. The knife was acquired from Norm Flayderman & Company in 2015, after Mr. Flayderman's death and letter on the company letterhead regarding the knife is included. The knife is further accompanied by an ESA Antique Ivory Certification from noted appraiser John Sexton, certifying the antique status of the ivory used for the grip.

Provenance:Ex-Norm Flayderman collection. ESA Ivory certification by John Sexton.


Very good. Blade retains some of the original polish with scattered surface oxidation, discoloration and some minor roughness and pitting near the tip. Markings remain mostly legible, blade shows some sharpening marks as well as two nicks about 2.75" from the tip. Grip very good with a nearly full-length crack along the center of the obverse grip and several smaller cracks on both sides of the grip. All remain tight and secure and there is no apparent weakness of loss. Scabbard about good, with tarnished mounts and the frog button missing.

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
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