Western bowie dating
It's all kind of murky and just passed on like we are doing here. I have been trying for some time to compile dating info and as you probably know there are some gray areas. It can also be identified by the smaller pins in the handle.But I feel like your chart is about as accurate a depiction as one is likely to find. I had put together this table that I'm going to post but not sure how it'll show up. The 4th variant, I believe, is similarly guard marked and stamped "W49" instead of Bowie, like the 3rd variant, on the pile side. WESTERN / USA / W49 with the letter "A" which signifies the first year that Western implemented the alphabetical date code (1977). For further info Google: "Bill Bagwell" or "Bagwell Bowie" Re: SOF magazine article c.1987 April issue Rocky, Thanks for compiling this data and putting it into the chart that you've provided.I believe that it provides a fairly accurate chronology of the Western W49 Bowie. And you are spot-on when you allude to "gray areas." Boy, I'll say! Ron, Thanks for all the Western Bowie related info, catalog links, etc.The letters A through O can be seen on their knives depending upon the year of manufacture during the years '77 to '91.My knife has an abbreviated guard that was done by a previous owner and is currently semi-Bagwellized.1977 was the first year that Western knives started using the alphabet, starting with the letter "A", to date code their knives.
Also, some of the knives are "temporarily misplaced", hiding in the wrong tubs.
Through name changes--to Western States Cutlery Co. in 1956--and moves first across town and later to Longmont Colorado, the company stayed under the leadership of the Platt family until 1984.
In that year, the company was sold to Coleman, becoming Coleman-Western.
I have tried to get the postings in the order of the knives’ manufacture, but as with any endeavor, what I don’t know is bound to jump up and bite me. Due to the manner in which Western catalogs were promulgated, exact dates for some versions have been elusively difficult to nail down.
Any dates I have assigned to a variant are based on the best information I have at this time, as gleaned from books, advertisements, anecdotal evidence (stories) and SWAGs. In the case of a dual year designation, e.g., 73/74, what is known is that different info sources will list different dates.