Well folk's,,, here it goes, Ahhhh !!! I have a knife for ya all here folk's that is like "no other" Marble's knife that was ever made in their history from 1898-2009,, 111 yrs !!! I have only seen 2 of these knives surface in the last 18 yrs since it was made !!! One on ebay, and one at the Dave Shirley estate auction...and believe me, I am constantly in touch with other Marble collectors in Michigan & thruout the country !!!
When Mike Stewart came to take over the knife operation at Marble's in 1997 from BlackJack knives, he brought a little something with him... Now this is the way I heard it and it would be great if Mike would chime in on this statement and correct me if there is anything amiss !!!
Mike had a project at BlackJack knives to make some Bowies for the American Historical Foundation...commemorating the cival war, 1 knife was to be made with the Union blade etch & have a Ornate Gold plated guard,,,another with the Confederate blade etch and plated with a Silver Ornate guard...Mike researched it and always had a fondness for the WW 2 V-44 Bowie blade pattern, believing that this pattern big blade knife was still a very, very, usable knife...
Once settled in as the bossman at Marble's, he told the Lauemans of the blades he had designed,,,Marble's then decided to use these blades and guards and finish them all up with Stag handles on them...129 were sold to Dave at Bowie Corp. and 1 was left at Marble's in the showcase...so,, this knife is 1 of 130 known to have been made, it is museum quality, high polished, fileworked, silver plated ornate hilt/guard, stag handle,,, yet,,, it has the full Marble's address used at time of manufactured !!!
This is the Marble's Bowie
Knife is 15 1/8" OAL
Blade is 9 1/8"
Knife is stamped: Marble's Gladstone, Mi. U.S.A.
It has a full/double ornate hilt that is heavily Silver plated
It has a 1 piece just gorgeous Stag handle...it has outstanding Stag bark with deep lines all the around the handle, it has mellowed into a very nice soft color over the last 18 yrs
Knife is "New" never carried or sharpened
Comes with a Bowie type period leather sheath that came with the knife when I purchased it, no box
This is a museum piece of cutlery thats very seldom seen folk's,,,so supersize the pics on the next page for a close-up look at a Marble's knife like no other in their 111 yr history !!!
For Sale By CLEAR CREEK KNIVES