Wooden handle and cover, metal blade, horn hilt. Etched on the blade: G. Wostenholm & Son, Washington Works, I*XL, the real IXL knife, The Hunters Companion. Also etched is the figure of a man on a horse.
Historical Note: This knife was donated to the Texas State Library by Mrs. Nan S. Beachly, wife of Mr. John Philip Beachly in May 1975. Mr. Beachly believed that this knife belonged to David Crockett. David (Davy) Crockett, frontiersman, congressman, and defender of the Alamo, son of John and Rebecca Crockett, was born in Greene County, East Tennessee, on August 17, 1786. In the 1820s, he entered Tennessee politics and eventually served two terms in Congress. By 1835, Crockett had become disillusioned with politics and set off to explore Texas. Crockett joined the volunteers in the fight for Texas independence. He died at the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Related Collection: Indian Relations, and The McArdle Notebooks, Texas State Library and Archives Commission online exhibits.
Date range of creation:
1830 to 1875
Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 1975/146
Artifact Box 0074
Crockett, Davy, 1786-1836
Bowie, Jim, about 1796-1836
Wood (plant material)
ATF0468, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Size or duration:
13 in x 2.5 in x 1 in