Project Description

!!!!!SOLD!!!!!  This is a 1/3 scale coffin handled Bowie knife made by master miniature maker Daniel Osterman of Junction City, Oregon.  4 13/16″ long overall with a 3 3/16″ drop point blade.  German silver guard, pommel, and handle rivets.  The handle is well aged ivory.  The left side of the blade marked DEO+ in script just in front of the guard.  Complete with the original Osterman coffin shaped dark walnut hinged top casing with push button latch.  There is a un-adorned nickel silver escutcheon inlaid into the top of the lid.  The interior bottom French fit and lined in burgundy felt with a ribbon type edging around the perimeter of the case and the sides of the knife.  The interior top also lined in burgundy felt.  Dan made everything on this case, including the wood case hinges.  A really beautiful expertly made Bowie knife by a maker who passed away several years ago.  This is a really beautiful knife, and is in pristine mint condition.  !!!!!SOLD!!!!!

This is a miniature of the full size antique Bowie knife shown on pages 46 & 47 of “The Antique Bowie Knife Book” by Adams, Voyles,  & Moss.  This is how the book describes the full size knife:  “This is a turn-about knife, one in which we suspect an American knife company was trying to convince it’s buyers the knife came from England.  Marked “Sheffield Works, 2, Philadelphia”, the knife has an ivory handle with an iron guard and is decorated with German silver nails and escutcheon plate.   The matching pommel and ferrule are German silver.  This is a big knife too, with an overall length of 14 7/8 inches.  The blade is 10 inches long.  The tooled leather sheath has a German silver throat & tip.  Bob Berryman Collection”.  Daniel used this book as the pattern to make most of his miniature Bowie knives, and made over 40 of the Bowie knives illustrated in this book.