Early 18th Century J. Russell Bowie Knife


This is an exceptional Early American Bowie trade knife manufactured by J. Russel & Co. from Green River Works. The knife shows the “J. Russell & Co.” hallmark without the “Green River Works” parallel with the hilt. John Russell founded his namesake cutlery circa early 1830’s and by 1836 he moved the factory location to the Green River Massachusetts area. A fire delayed the factories success, but by circa 1840 with the help of Henry Clapp the factory was rebuilt and christened the “Green River Works” with all knives produced here hallmarked, “J. Russell & Co. Green River Works.”

This knife doesn’t have “Green River Works” on the hallmark and must date prior to 1840 and is truly an excellent piece. It has Stag Antler two-piece grips or handle having three copper rivets or studs securing them. OAL is about 11″ and blade length is about 7″. It’s actually in great shape. See photos for exact condition.