Very Rare Unique Annie Oakley Bowie Knife Wostenholm I*XL w/ Display Box 13.25″


Very good overall condition for its age, and beautiful display piece. The blade shows moderate pitting on both sides, and some mild oxidation. The raised lettering and stars show clearly, and the Wostenholm stamp is a bit worn. The guard shows some light scratching. The hollow Sterling Handle shows moderate scratching and a few nicks. The original display box shows some moderate dust, and some mild exterior wear.


SKU: 59268 Category: Sold Antiques




  • Very unique and interesting Antique Bowie Knife
  • 9″ Large Clip Point blade with embossed Stars and “Annie Oakley”
  • I*XL trade marks and “G. Wostenholm & Son Washington Works Sheffield” Stamp Near Spine
  • Nice Hollow Sterling Silver Cutlery Handle, marked “A.C.S. Sterling”
  • Very Nice fitted Display Box, Lid marked “G. Wostenholm & Son Washington Works Sheffield” , I*XL, “A.Oakley”
  • Blade measures 13-1/4″ Total Length
  • An amazing piece for any collection!

This blade is truly a fascinating piece.  It is definitely a rare and unique piece, as one cannot find any reference or examples of it anywhere.  I saw ONE very slightly similar Annie Oakley knife, but it did not have the same pattern nor the Wostenholm Marks.

Annie Oakley was a famous sharpshooter who toured with Wild Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show during the late 1800s.  She was known for shooting over her shoulder, using the reflection of her Bowie Knife Blade to aim.  She traveled with the show in the early 1890s over to England.

This knife maybe have been a commemorative piece, a souvenir from the show, or maybe even just a “fad” item produced by Wostenholm during the Wild West Hype.

The handle is peculiar, as the Mark looks to me to be perhaps Solingen, but it’s definetly not British as there are no Hallmarks.  It could be a later replacement to have fancied the knife up, but there’s no finite answer.

The exact truth behind this knife is unknown, however what is known is that it is truly an amazing display piece that can spawn great conversation.  It will hold a center spot in any collection with worth.

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