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c.1830 – 1837 B. Oates W R Cast Steel Dirk Sheffield Bowie Knife


Here is a rare old knife!  Made by B. OATES of Sheffield, an early bowie knife manufacturer.  Blade is marked “B. Oates W (crown) R Cast Steel”.  The W R stands for William Rex (Latin for ‘King”) who reigned in England from 1830 to 1837.  Beautiful old stag handles.  Fancy threaded bolsters.  Dirk blade has a false edge and has some snap upon closing.  As seen in the pictures, the blade is bent to one side…this could be fixed if you please.  Knife measures 5 1/8″ closed.  A very rare item for your collection.

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