Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) , Ballarat
Retracting large bowie knife, spring loaded mechanism, wooden handle with appearance of ebony, blade and fittings metl alloy containing iron.
Allegedly used in Eureka Stockade Battle.
FOLDING BOWIE KNIFE
Manufactured by Rumen
Initialled HP on handle
This knife is called a bowie knife as it is double edged at the point. The blade folds back into the handle and is released with a small brass button.
A local gentleman faced with the prospect of passing on without any heirs gave this knife to a local dentist around 20 years ago. He claimed it was a very special knife as it was used by his great uncle in the Battle at the Eureka Stockade and entrusted his friend with its care.
This story was passed to his daughter who gifted it to MADE in 2016.
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