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Joseph Rogers & Son Bowie Knife ID'd to J. Burton Forster, 62nd Regiment of Foot

8" semi clip-point, single-edge blade with 4.5" false edge. 12.25" in overall length with 4.125" coffin hilt and 2.5" German silver cross guard. German silver bolsters, pinned mother of pearl grip scales. Obverse blade marked: CROWN/VR and JOSEPH ROGERS & SONS / CUTLERS TO THEIR MAJESTIES / No 6 NORFOLK STREET / SHEFFIELD. The spine of the grip is engraved "J. Burton Forster" with the underside is engraved "H.M. 62nd Regiment." The pommel cap is engraved with the image of a crooked arm holding a broken double pointed lance or arrow; possibly a symbol or emblem of the 62nd. The knife is accompanied by what appears to be its original embossed leather scabbard with German silver mounts.

The 62nd Regiment of Foot was a storied British line infantry regiment that was initially raised for the Seven Years War with part of the regiment serving as marines and taking part in the Siege of Louisburg and the balance being stationed in Ireland. During the American Revolution the regiment saw service on the "American Establishment" and were surrendered by Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga. During the post Revolutionary period the regiment saw service in the West Indies, Jamaica and Haiti before being moved to Sicily during the height of the Napoleonic Wars. The regiment returned to America during the War of 1812. In the post-Napoleonic period they saw garrison service in both Halifax, Nova Scotia and Ireland before moving to India in 1830 where they remained for slightly more than a decade before returning to garrison service in Ireland. The regiment was sent to the Crimea during that conflict and was involved in the Siege of Savatopol. This knife was produced during the second quarter of the 19th century, sometime after Victoria took the throne in 1837. It almost saw service in India and later during the Crimea in the hands of J. Burton Forster. John Burton Forster was listed as an ensign with the 62nd Regiment of Foot as of November 22, 1839 and was promoted to Lieutenant as of December 31, 1841. He was promoted to captain during 1848. Capt. Forster was listed as dead in June of 1855 at the age of 32, almost certainly during the Siege of Savastopol in the Crimea.

Condition:

Very good. Blade with scatted flecks of surface oxidation and discoloration. All markings remain clear and crisp. Hilt fine, with light handing marks and crisp engraving. Scabbard very good with solid leather and tarnished mounts.

Estimate: $6,000 - $7,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,525
10/31/2018

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