14" clip point hand-forged blade, 5" false edge, 1.750" wide, overall length 19.250". Blade with curved tang, small notch cut in the back of the blade near the ricasso. Thick forged bolster at the base of handle. Coin silver scabbard engraved in vine scrolls and floral designs; rear of scabbard is made for the notch in the back of the blade. Hand-engraved in a small square near the ricasso, Samuel Bell Knoxville Tenn, and numbered No 20112. Engraved button near the top of the scabbard. This may be the only Samuel Bell knife with numbers, and possibly the largest Samuel Bell knife known.
Samuel Bell, a silversmith, made Bowie knives both in Knoxville and also in San Antonio, Texas. This knife was probably made ca 1830. This is a very rare and great prize of collecting American-made Bowie knifes.
Scabbard is in excellent condition with a nice unpolished look retaining most of the natural patination. Some small dents on the back edge of the scabbard. Engraving and markings are sharp and crisp. Blade is excellent with nice untouched look, some fine staining and some dents along the sharp edge. No handle and the tang shows that the handle has been missing for a long time.