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ENGLISH STYLE BOWIE KNIFE
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EARLY 19THC. ENGLISH STYLE BOWIE KNIFE #9445

An early 19th century English Bowie type knife by Preist (sic), the single edged 6¾ inch clip point blade with faint traces of the engraved makers name, "PREIST, OXFORD STREET," iron cross-guard, staghorn grips, contained iin the original German silver mounted leather sheath, the top mount with later added belt hook and engraved with the arms of the WALPOLE family with the latin motto, "FARI QUAE SENTIAS, To Speak What You Think". Overall 12½ inches  #9445tl

The firm Priest was in existence from 1779 till 1915, the name Priest was mis-spelt in the London directory in 1832 and repeated in 1834, the spelling was corrected in the listing of 1836, which dates the knife as being made between 1832-6, the maker was William Priest.

The arms are of the Walpole family and the possible owner would have probably been Horatio Walpole (1783-1858), 3rd Earl of Orford, British peer and politician, eldest son of Horatio Walpole, (1752-1822), 2nd Earl of Orford 

£750.00

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