Blade is 8 spear point. German Silver guard and oval plate on one side of handle.Ricasso marked with "VR" and Crown with J Rodgers & sons address 6 Norfolk Street Shefield. Scabbard is leather with German Silver top piece (minus bottom chape) correct & original to the knife with the belt loop fully intact. Blade condition shows original polish with only some minor scuffing and tiny tiny edge nicks that would likely disappear if carefully sharpened. AS FINE A CONDITION CLASSIC Civil Ware era Bowie knife as you could ever hope to find. Joseph Rodgers is perhaps rivaled only by George Wostenholm in terms of its importance to Sheffield cutlery and its fame around the world.
Like many of Sheffield cutlery firms, the early history of Joseph Rodgers is a little unclear. It is claimed that a cutler called Joseph or John Rodgers operated out of a building in Hawley Croft close to location of Sheffields present day cathedral. In 1730 what are claimed to be his two sons Maurice and Joseph took over. The mark of The Star and Maltese Cross was originally registered in March 1682 by a Benjamin Rich.
However, it is with Rodgers that this mark will forever by associated and they registered it in 1764. With increasing business in what is thought to have been exclusively Pocket Knives, in around 1780, the firm moved to larger premises at No.
Eventually, as Rodgers expanded, it would acquire surrounding property until the famous Norfolk Street Works occupied the entire plot. Around 1800, Rodgers product range broadened into razors, table cutlery and scissors and in 1821 the firm was appointed cutlers to The Royal Family for the first time. Around 1860, new, even more spectacular showrooms were built and people came from as far and as wide as America and China to marvel at superb examples of Rodgers craftsmanship. Visitors of the late 1800s included King Edward VII and The Shah of Persia.
Further expansions were required in the late 1800s and more property was acquired in the area around Norfolk Street until ultimately it would become Sheffields largest cutlery factory. Rodgers products were now being exported to growing export markets Asia, Africa, the Americas virtually the whole world.
America would become Rodgers largest export market and it is claimed that it was a Rodgers hunting knife, given to Buffalo Bill by General Custer, which Bill used in his duel with Sitting Bull. Rodgers focused on producing the finest quality knives and looked for the best in every aspect of knife production from materials to workmanship.
Each knife was branded with the Star and Cross as a guarantee of its superb quality. It has been claimed that so great was Rodgers reputation for producing only the finest products that the word Rujjus, a variation on Rodgers entered into the Sinhalese dialect as a general expression of superlative quality. Original scabbard fits like a glove.
MOST Bowie knives this old have long-lost their scabbard so NICE to see one retained. SHARP blade edge with only MINUTE edge-nicks. Handle and guard are SOLID ONE-PIECE Nickel Silver with staghorn inserts ROCK SOLID with ZERO movement. The condition has been shown faithfully in the many photographs in my listing These IMAGES ARE my actual CONDITION DESCRIPTION So if I have failed to show anything clearly?
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Add a map to your own listings. The item "ORIGINAL Large US CIVIL WAR Era Joseph RODGERS & Son SHEFIELD BOWIE KNIFE # 2" is in sale since Monday, October 22, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons". The seller is "phillip_in_new_zealand" and is located in Auckland (aprox. 12,000 "clicks" from USA).This item can be shipped worldwide.