German “Dussack” with Broad Blade, Dated 1802
Clip-points did not originate on American Bowie knives. They first known to have appeared on a swordof the middle ages called a “Falchion.” This “Dussack” style knife descended from the“Masser,” a German form of the “Falchion.” Many of these heavy hunting knives, thoughrarely seen today would have been seen on German settlements on the Americanfrontier. The knife was acquired to beexhibited in a museum to show variations of knives which evolved into the Bowieknife, and this is a great example which most Bowie knife collectors overlook.The blade measures 14 3/8” in length, is 2 ½” wide, .42” thich and the knifemeasures 19 3/8” overall. This massiveknife has a steel guard, full tang, pistol grip with stag handle scales. Theblade has an illegible marking on the spine and on the presentation side of thericasso. The obverse side is marked 1802. Note:
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Thanks to user atzenizkrantz who wrote me saying, "The marking on the blade looks like "WIEN" (German name of Vienna)." I had previously wondered if it was Austrian made. Falchion style pioneer short swords were used in Germany, Austria, and Hungary during the Napolionic wars, with many latter examples. This one, however, seems to pre-date regulation examples and would have been mulit-purposeful. Though the wide heavier blade and solid construction on this one gives me the impression both choping and fighting, such as the intended use by a combat engineer.
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