W & S Butcher Bowie for Gravely Wreaks, New York
I was asked to find any information and a possible value on the above pictures Antique Bowie. The Bowie is marked: W & S Butcher for Gravely Wreaks New York. Below was my response. I think the knife is worth about $1000 – 1200 and was made between 1836-1838. I encourage any responses from my viewers as to their opinions and any information they can provide. Thanks.
W & S. Butcher: This was a Sheffield, England Company in existence from 1819-1859. It specialized in edged tools of all kinds and was a large exporter of bowie knives to America during this time. I think the best information I could find on this company was the following link:
Gravely and Wreaks: This New York company was only in existence for 3 years from 1836-1838. They were an importer and dealer of table and fine cutlery. They imported bowies from Sheffield England from many different cutleries. I think the best information I could find on this company was the following link:
The Bowie I found for sale that appears to be similar is as follows:
He is asking 750 GBP or about $1260. I don’t know if he is accurate on the value or not. I saw some reference to there being a lot of fakes because these types of bowies can be very valuable. They are all over the board on value. I found one that sold for $25,740 at Bonhams. I saw some sold in the $300 range and below but I wouldn’t do it until I get a better idea of what it is worth. Yours may end up in that price range, but you could be giving something really valuable away as well. I believe yours is probably not a fake because it is very close to the one on Micks Guns. Everything seems to appear to be valid. If it were mine, I would contact Dr. Jim Batson, http://www.antiquebowies.com/ or http://www.americanbladesmith.com/index.php?section=users&subsection=user_detail&user_id=179, and get his opinion. He is the man on antique bowies.
I hope this helps. I will post this info on my website and see if anyone responds. You might also post it in bladeforums.com. Below are some of the links I used to research the knife. Check them out and let me know what you think. Good Luck.