"4th of July" Searles Style Bowie
Product Description for "4th of July" Searles Style Bowie
Maker: Kevin Harvey, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 86216
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.25 in.
Total length: 12.31 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.10 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.16 in.
Item weight: 7.85 oz.
Blade: Multi-bar mosaic damascus blade forged from carbon steels
Bolster: Mosaic Damascus oval guard
Handle: Exhibition grade fossil mammoth ivory scales set on a nickel silver frame
Description: The Searles Bowie is one of the classic early American Bowies. Daniel Searles, a cutler from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, made the original Searles/Fowler Bowie, which is now on display in the Alamo. It is one of the finest examples of an early Bowie in existence. Daniel Searles appears to have been Rezin Bowies favored cutler. Although there are four presentation knives attributed to his shop, only two can be positively identified as a Searles knife. The Searles/Fowler knife (after which this one is modeled) was a gift to Captain Henry Walker Fowler a member of the United States Dragoons. Fowler owned the knife until his death in 1848. The Searles/Fowler knife is a straight back knife finished with silver and checked ebony handles. It has a 9-1/4" blade with a shape much like the Schively/Perkins. A small, almost non-existent cross-guard, if seen from a distance, could easily cause it to be mistaken for a butcher knife. A gold-plated insert on the back of the blade bears the inscription "Searles, Baton Rouge, La.." The silver scabbard is inscribed "R. P. Bowie to H.W. Fowler, U.S.D.".
As you would expect, the fit, finish, and styling of this piece are uniquely well executed. The blade was forged from Kevin's multi-bar mosaic damascus. The pattern is highly complex with and shows off mosaic stars at the center. An oval guard is also made from damascus. Nickel silver ferrules surround exhibition mammoth ivory scales. The screwed on damascus butt cap has been engraved in a floral design. Exceptional!
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