Lot 2361: MCELROY, MACON, GEORGIA "LASSO BOWIE".
October 6, 2010
Fairfield, ME, USALive Auction
Description: This is one of the finest examples of this knife known. Knife is almost 17" overall with a blade almost 1' long and a very meaty 3/8" thick at ricasso. This knife gets its name of "Lasso Bowie" from an article we quote from the February 11, 1862 Macon Telegraph, which states, regarding a visit to the factory of W.J. McElroy in Macon, Georgia, : "We saw excellent specimens of Swords, Regulation Staff, Service, Cavalry Sabre, and Foot Artillery Cutlasses, etched and plain blades. The Staff Swords were beautiful. The scabbard is of steel, polished and bronzed. We saw these swords in their various states from being forged until ground and polished...We were shown a specimen of what is called the 'Lasso Knife.' The blade is from twelve to sixteen inches in length, with a solid brass handle, to which is attached a rope. It is designed for the throwing at the enemy, and it is a 'deadly weapon' in the hand of skillful men. We saw a beautiful specimen of one, silver mounted and ornamented. They also manufacture Bowie Knives of all patterns." Other examples known to us have Roman numeral serial numbers, cut into the bottom of guards however, this particular example, in place of the Roman numeral has a name stamped "E D MURRY". The last two letters in this name are very lightly struck, but the rest of marking is easily discernible, as seen in photos. This knife was once in the collection of Norm Flayderman, and is pictured in his monumental text "The Bowie Knife" on page 211. Accompanying this knife is a reproduction image of a Confederate soldier holding one of these knives. SIZE: 17" overall with a blade almost 1' long. CONDITION: Knife overall is very good condition, blade is gray with portion of tip missing, numerous small nicks and old sharpening in cutting edge. Brass hilt is smooth with good patina's of varying shades and numerous small scratches and nicks. 4-40711 JS24