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California Gold Rush Bowie Knife Antique Woodhead Hartley - £1900

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condition: excellent
delivery available
make/manufacturer: California Gold Rush
model name/number: Bowie Knife Woodhead Hartley

California Gold Rush Bowie knife stamped "WOODHEAD & HARTLEY" with faint etching of the entrance to San Francisco harbor over the words "CALIFORNIA " and "THE DIGGINGS". And, if you strain your eyes under a strong light using a magnifer, you can make out "G.WOODHEAD" etched over the scene of the San Francisco bay, which would narrow the date of the manufacture of this knife from between the time they tossed old Hartleys corpse in the coffin to the time before the tang stamp was changed to G. Woodhead. There is a partially visible American Eagle in the center over more letters with other faint etchings on either side of the eagle.
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