Original Alamo Bowie Knife Armor Vintage Army Military Silver Gun Civil War Rare For Sale
This knife has not been publicly seen in nearly two decades!Thought to be lost forever, this important historically accurate replica of the Alamo Bowie Knife has not only an interesting and sordid history, but significant bloodlines. It is being offered by a private collector to celebrate the return of the infamous Travis 'Victory or Death' Letter to the sacred Alamo grounds.Meticulously fabricated by renown weapon's historian and artisan Tony Swatton over two decades ago, it was built from original blueprints drawn up for it's creation by acclaimed knife expert and Alamo artifacts collector Joe Musso -- owner of the long-analyzed and scientifically tested Alamo Bowie Knife. It is believed that Phil Collins has since purchased this Musso Bowie Knife for an undisclosed sum, as it is featured in his book 'The Alamo and Beyond: A Collectors Journey'. To our knowledge, the knife being offered for sale today is the very first, original replica of the famous Musso Bowie Knife ever fabricated.Made to exacting detail from accurate blueprints and exclusive, unprecedented access to the original, this artistic grade museum quality Bowie knife is the only one of its kind in the world. Only a single knife was made. Supervised by a team of historians and private collectors from San Antonio, Texas, and hand-crafted with an eye for accuracy, it possesses all the important hallmarks of the original. From the JB initials stamped along the brass width to star stamped pommel end, and other details of the original. The level of detail was important as this was designed for an historically significant motion picture production across from the Alamo mission itself, on the grounds of Texas & American history. The knife played a primary role in a patented holographic theater which told the story of the days leading up to the siege of the Alamo by Santa Anna's immense Mexican Army against defenders like Davy Crockett, Col. William Barret Travis, who penned the infamous 'Victory or Death" letter, and was used both in production of the motion picture elements as well as the reference for in- theater props and animated effects which tied the armament into the story.Incorporating response and notes from noted Alamo historian Henry Guerra, the Texas Adventure project was helmed by a powerful team of designers, engineers and artisans from Disney, Universal Studios, Soundelux, Infinity Filmworks and a host of other important entities, tasked with telling the tale of the 13 days of the Battle of the Alamo - February 23– March 6, 1836.Once thought lost, the original production knife was first discovered in secure storage along with other artifacts from the historic 'Dawn at the Alamo' production, including early papers, character and theater artwork and actual film stock and unreleased footage of the film. The production costs were close to 5 million dollars and the emotional story of the Alamo presented on the actual grounds where the battle was fought gives this piece extra historical significance. It was soon after the opening of the theater across from the actual Alamo Mission itself that a private collector acquired the knife along with other important artifacts.The craftsmanship and attention to detail are great! It is no surprise as the craftsman responsible for the knife has fabricated weapons, jewelry and props for a host of important Hollywood motion pictures, including Oscar winners:National Treasure Spiderman I & II Batman Forever Batman & Robin Van Helsing The Last Samurai The Patriot X-men The Legend of Zorro The Mask of Zorro The Alamo Blade I & II Blade: Trinity Wild Wild West Star Trek: First Contact Star Trek: Nemesis Star Trek: Insurrection Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End The Crow: City of Angels Ocean's 11 HookAlso having done impressive work for ComicCon, he also has fabricated specialty costumes, awards and designs for Rihanna, Ciara, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, 50 Cent, Maria Menounos among many others. MORE INFO:Dimensions on the knife: over 19 1/4 inches long 5" wideDimensions on leather sheath / scabbard: 13 3/4 inches long 4" ring to ring widthCombined length: just under 20" with knife in sheath Year of Bowie Knife knife fabrication: '92 (20+ years old)Can be sharpened - sent soft-edged as originally used Note: color of sheath is natural brown while photos on some browsers may make it appear more reddish. The knife and its brass & hand-stitched leather sheath come with Certificate of Authenticity (verified by the original show producer of the Dawn at the Alamo, Texas Adventure project) which is foil stamped and hand signed on parchment paper.Insurance is included in shipping costs.If someone is interested in having Certificate of Authenticity posted, please send a request and it can be added as part of a response.BONUS: In addition to the twenty-year-old knife & sheath, the winner will ALSO receive a copy of the original Bowie Knife 'blueprint' drawings from which this knife was constructed, providing details drawn from all the original Musso specs.A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the knife as well as a copy of the drawings that helped make it.Thanks for looking and good luck & RELATED READING:
1. Great spot on The Travis Letter... YouTube video:
Tony Swatton, Fabricator Background... YouTube video:
3. Video of Phil Collins Alamo book... original Bowie knife on cover:
4. Listen to the production's actual historical advisor Henry Guerra tell the Alamo story:
My San Antonio/13-Days-of-the-Alamo
Also for more extensive discussion/information by Joe Musso on his Bowie:
Internet Picture of Joe Musso with his original knife:
Interesting articles from Rolling Stone Magazine and The New Yorker:
RollingStone: Phil Collins' Alamo Obsession Article
New Yorker Magazine: Phil Collins Remembers The Alamo
Trivia Tidbit 1: The Hollywood actor who wielded the knife in production and played Colonel James Bowie in the Texas Adventure was Barry Lynch, an accomplished theater and motion picture actor who has also appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Ensign Stefan DeSeve. Mr. Lynch has a long 30+ year acting career in television and film. •• Trivia Tidbit 2: If you have visited Alamo Plaza in San Antonio and pressed a penny at one of the many penny presses, you may have a copy of this knife on your souvenir. A Jim Bowie die was fashioned using this very knife and artwork created from the production for it's design. A version of the penny is noted on the final of the 12 sale pictures, along with artwork keyed to the die. This was drawn from photographs of this original knife. •• Trivia Tidbit 3: A centerpiece of this production was The Travis Letter, which holographically flies through the air of the theater, on the winds of destiny. Colonel Travis' letter did not bring reinforcements. The actual letter is being exhibited at the Alamo for the very first time ever since it was penned during those fateful days of the fall of the Alamo in 1836 -- 177 years ago. This exhibit is a rare opportunity to see the actual letter and will only be at the Alamo from February 23 to March 7, 2013.•• Trivia Tidbit 4: Joe Musso had a cameo in the 'Dawn at the Alamo' where he is one of the men who chooses to stand with Col William Barret Travis and 'cross the line' drawn in the sand with his sabre. As Travis drags his sword, a fire ignites and from the smokey haze we see Joe Musso step across the line dramatically.•• Trivia Tidbit 5: The musical score produced for the film in which this Bowie Knife was used was written and conducted by the same composer who did the music for Walt Disney World's EPCOT American Adventure attraction in Background details:Phil Collins (Academy Award & Golden Globe winner) of Genesis has been enchanted with the story of the Alamo since he was a boy and saw the original John Wayne film and his financial success worldwide has made it possible for him to assemble the largest private collection of Alamo related artifacts outside of the United States of America. Collins visits San Antonio and the Alamo grounds quite frequently and has given presentations on his extensive Alamo artifact collection on many occasions. It has been widely reported that Phil Collins recently purchased the Joe "Musso" Bowie knife which was extensively tested and is believed by many to be the authentic Jim Bowie Knife.Musso is a well known Bowie collector who manages his own small museum of artifacts and relics of the Alamo has been a successful artist in the Hollywood motion picture industry for many years. Musso owned his Bowie Knife, from which this original film replica on sale was made, for many years before discovering its amazing secret. While trying to remove dirt from the handle, he revealed the tell-tale stars on the hand guard as well as the initials J.B.Musso submitted the knife to a company for metallurgical testing and they confirmed that the metal of the blade was consistent with hand forged metals from Arkansas of the 1830's. Legend tells that an Arkansas blacksmith by the name of James Black forged Bowie's most famous knife, so the J.B. could represent either the owner or the maker. This find was phenomenally important to the history of the knife.Mr. Musso made no claims that the knife belonged to Bowie but simply let the facts speak for themselves. The knife is noted to be an authentic period 1830's Bowie-style knife with the initials of J.B. and the symbol for a Texan officer (stars) cast into the guard. Mr. Musso had been said to have stated that if his knife was proved to be a fake, he would have it ground up. It seems no one has been able to disprove its authenticity. Historical Alamo fanatic Phil Collins found Mr. Musso's knife to be of importance and has been said to be the new owner of this noteworthy piece of history.* more motion picture/television productions involved by knife fabricator:The Haunted Mansion The Ring Highlander: Endgame The Scorpion King The Hunted Constantine The Devil's Rejects Rush Hour 2series including:Bablyon 5 Birds of Prey Charmed Conan the Adventurer CSI Las Vegas & New York Eli Stone The Unit The Office JAG Greek Jason and the Argonauts Star Trek: The Next Generation Hannah Montana Pushing Daisies Valentine West Wing Witchblade This listing may be of interest to the following organizations so feel free to share this information with them should they wish to review this special sale:The Daughters of the Republic of Texas The Sons of the Republic of Texas The S. A. Children’s Museum OASIS (Older Adult Service & Information System) Tourism Council of the Greater S. A. Chamber of Commerce The San Antonio Convention & Visitor’s Bureau The U.T.S.A. Institute of Texan Cultures The San Antonio Conservation Society St. Peter’s/St. Joseph’s Children’s’ Home U.T.S.A. Center for Archeological Research M.A.U.C. Escuela de las Americas Fine Arts Magnet at Jefferson High School San Antonio Historical Society Texas State Historical Association San Antonio Missions Historical Park (NPS) The National Living History Association San Antonio Public Library The Friends of Milam Park Casa Navarro State Park Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum The San Jacinto Museum Association Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission Pioneer Village in Gonzales Presidio La Bahia in Goliad The Landmark Inn in Castroville Texian Market Days at George Ranch Schools in the San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, El Paso, Austin, Plano areas The Buckhorn Museum Lincoln Washington Army Museums Houston Street Merchants Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta Museums Trinity University, UT, Texas Tech Longhorns The Texas Ranger Museum The Lone Star Hall of Horns Ripley's Believe It Or Not Guiness World Records The Armoury Alamo Wax Museum & Plaza Fans, Family & Friends of David / Davey / Davy Crockett Downtown San Antonio Riverwalk Association Alamo ShrineA real Army Militia collectible and powerful symbol - like a samurai sword to the Japanese, a battle axe to a knight, or hunting rifle to a cowboy. A hand-crafted weapon with provenance and vintage Davy Crocket prop for movie. Related to ammo, Spanish & Mexican uniform, and cannon war art. See also 'Cradle of Texas Liberty' dagger._______I have current plans to list other beautiful sterling silver,solid silver, books, silverplate,gold watches, rare artifacts, theme park art, paintings, cut glass, tin toys, vintage robots, sculptures, old sporting equipment and uniforms, bronze statues, ironwork, pencil sketches, RPPC post cards, crystal, porcelain and dinnerware in the future so please keep watching.Thanks for viewing and again, good luck with offerding! On Feb-24-13 at 18:52:24 PST, seller added the following information:
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Original Alamo Bowie Knife Armor Vintage Army Military Silver Gun Civil War Rare: $1,625