Antedating of "Bowie Knife"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed May 22 20:14:36 UTC 2013

bowie knife (OED 1842)

1835 _Richmond Whig_ 21 Aug. 4 (America's Historical Newspapers)  Before he had time to draw his pistol, I seized him and Fisher drew from his, C's pockets, a pistol, dirk and large Bowie knife.

Fred Shapiro

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