10" single-edged clip point blade with 3.75" false edge, 1.25" wide forward of the choil. 14.75" in overall length with a 4.75" hilt and 2.5" oval German silver guard. Spiral grooved horn grip with pinned brass pommel cap. Reverse of blade etched with flowing foliate scrolls, surrounding a central panel that reads: CALIFORNIAN KNIFE. Reverse ricasso marked WRAGG & SONS / XLNT / FURNACE HILL / SHEFFIELD in a banner. A very nice example of a scarce mid-19th century bowie knife for the "California market".
Good to very good. Blade with a lightly oxidized patina with scattered flecks of discoloration. Etched panel remains mostly in tact and all markings remain clear and legible. Grip good with wear, some loss and numerous latitudinal cracks.
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