Here is a Bowie knife that my good friend has taken possession of, and we would like to see if anyone could help giving a date that this was possibly made?
I apologise for the poor quality photo's, the weather is terrible here and I tried my best with the lighting+what little photography skills I have
Total length of the knife is 12 & 3/4 inches long. Horn Handle, Nickel Silver Ferrule and Guard. The blade is 8 & 1/2 inches long, 1 & 3/8 wide.
On the blade reads ... The Patriots Self Defender.
The stamping on the Ricasso reads in side the shield...I PREFER? ( UP TOP ) JOHN COE ( MIDDLE) SHEFFIELD (BOTTOM)
The etching ( or Engraving ? ) is very deep as you will see in the photos.
If you could help with any information that would be fantastic.
Thank you in advance for looking.