Logan Sewell's Bowies
The Searles-Fitzpatrick Bowie was made prior to 1840 by Daniel Searles and Rees Fitzpatrick in Baton Rouge prior to Fitzpatrick’s move to Natchez. This elegant knife is 12 ¾ inch long with an 8 inch long blade. The sheath is made of coin silver fittings. The ferrule and pommel are of gold.
Fergus Gardere is engraved around the pommel. Mr. Gardere was born in New Orleans in 1817 and was one of the most prominent citizens of East Baton Rouge parish. In the early years of his career he was a conspicuous figure in the political history of Louisiana.
In the ebony Searles-Fitzpatrick Handle there four raised oval panels, one on each face, which have been checkered. In the center of each diamond, a silver pin is inserted. There are 96 pins on the side with the escutcheon plate. This knife was obtained from one of Fergus Gardere’s descendants.
The Jonathan Crookes Bowie, made in Sheffield, is 14 5/16 inches long. The clip point blade with Spanish notch and a forged bolster is 9 ½ inch long. Ivory scales are mounted to an integral German silver handle frame which is engraved. Members of the High family carried this Bowie in the Mexican War, in the Confederate Army, in the Spanish American and in WWI. It was carried by Billie Bryant in the China, Burma & India Theaters of WWII. The heart and pistol Crookes trademark can be seen in the Crookes Logo photo.
The Alfred Hunter Bowie is 13 9/16 inches long. The clip point blade with Spanish notch is 8 9/16 inches long. The escutcheon plate on this carved ivory handle reads J. M. Daughters. On the German silver pommel plate is engraved Harrisonburg, La and April 20, 1836. J M Daughters and James Bowie were friends. Deeds exist with both of there signatures. James Bowie lived near Harrisonburg in Catahoula Parish from 1802 to 1809.
The engraved date is a month and 14 days after Lames Bowie’s death at the Alamo.
Alfred Hunter’s Superior Cutlery was located in Newark, NJ. This knife was carrier in the South Pacific in WWII in the battles of Bouganville, Guam and Okinawa.
The J D Chevalier Bowie with the 10 ¼ inch blade is unique in that it was presented by Edwin Forrest, Esq to Joseph Davis, Feb 19th, 1849. The famous American actor, Edwin Forrest met James Bowie in New Orleans in the early 1820’s during his early acting career in the south. He played in the Natchez theater in the late 1820’s. This Joseph Davis is thought to be Jefferson Davis’, President of CSA, brother. The blade is marked Chevalier’s California Knife, J D Chevalier, New York.
Big Dufilho Bowie
The Big Dufilho Bowie with the checkered rosewood handle is 19 inches long with a 13 5/8 inches long blade.
Dufilho was a New Orleans Surgical Instrument maker, who made knives during the 1860’s.
This knife was carried by Dr Lunsford P Yandell in the Confederate Army and later by his son
in the Spanish American War.
This large ivory handle Dufilho Bowie is approximately 17 inches long with a 12 inch blade.
Dufilho Push Dagger
This Dufilho Push Dagger has a unique adjustable handle. This New Orleans push dagger is shown in its sheath.