AN EARLY BOWIE OR HUNTING-KNIFE, UNSIGNED,
circa 1830, with 9 1/2in. bowie blade offset from the hilt by a squared ricasso (some reprofiling to point, staining), bronze boat-shaped cross-guard with rounded tips, rectangular hilt fitted with slab-sided wood grips, both stamped near guard 'JAS TOD', no scabbard
Provenance: This knife was reputedly the property of Lieutenant-Colonel James Tod (20th March 1782- 18 November 1835). Tod was an officer of the British East India Company and an Oriental scholar. He combined his official role and his scholarly interests to create a series of works on the geography and history of India, especially the region known today as Rajasthan. A series of notes accompanies this lot
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