Sheffield Bowie Knife by W. clip point blade with etched panel with slogan "I'M a real ripper." Marked on the ricasso W. German silver guard and German silver cutlery handle with eagle and shield in the pommel.
The Rodgers firm, one of the largest manufacturers of Bowie knives, was joined in 1828 by Philip Unwin. Combining their talents, the first public notice of the new firm appeared in the Sheffield trade directory for 1828, with an advertisement reading, “Unwin and Rodgers, manufacturers of pen, pocket and desk knives, pearl sides, clasps, buckles, and in a great variety. 7 Charles Street.” Unwin had an idea for combining a pistol with a pocket knife, and he secured a patent for attaching the…
1871 Bowie knife with mother of pearl pommel carved in the large well-defined shape of eagle's head. Long narrow gold escutcheon inlaid in center of pearl grip section with deeply engraved sterling silver crossguard, and fancy wide silver barrel at base of grips ferrule. Original all sterling silver sheath fancy engraved on both sides full length.
Etching, derived from an ancient Germanic word for ‘eat’, uses corrosive acids to bite designs into hard surfaces. Between 1500 and 1750 production centred on southern Germany and northern Italy where etched armour was a speciality.