Wilson Swift Sheffield Bowie Knife with Mexican Eagle & Snake Motif Pommel Caps

6.75" double-edged spear point blade, 11" overall length. 4.5" hilt with pinned bone scales and German silver mounts. Fleur-de-lis trefoil pattern guard and pommel caps embossed with the Mexican "{Eagle & Snake}" motif. Obverse ricasso marked "WILSON SWIFT/BROADSTREET/SHEFFIELD" in three lines and "D.C.L." on the reverse. No scabbard.


Fair. Blade heavily oxidized with a dark brown patina, scattered surface roughness, some pitting and chipped loss along the edges. Gips scales good with a nice cream color. German silver mounts with dings and dents and Mexican motif pommel caps with an old iron staple repair to secure them as the original pins are gone.

Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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