Sherrill Shaw and Leonard Leibowitz were a talented husband and wife team that produced many collectable knives in the 1970″s and early 1980’s. For a twelve year period
Shaw-Leibowitz comprized the team that set the knife world on it’s ear with their artistic creations.
Leonard and Sherrill joined the Knife Guild in 1971. In 1974 they offered two limited edition series of ten ornately etched factory made knives: the Wildlife Series and the Bicentennial Series. Every scene on these knives was hand drawn on each knife by the artists and etched under their supervision. Both series were huge hits and were featured prominently in the knife publications of that time. There were 300 sets of the Wildlife series produced and 200 sets of the Bicennenial Series, with the last knives being completed in 1976.
These knives are rarely seen these days as collectors just don’t seem to let them go.
This collection is from the estate of the late Charley Bolton a noted collector and knife maker.
This collection also comes with some of the orginal paper work associated with the collection.
First edition Boston Tea Party
This is the first knife in this series and is on a Ridgid skinning knife.
Second Edition The Ride of Paul Revere
Issued on a Gerber Legendary Blade
“One if by land, two if by sea” was the warning, and as the British troops stealthily made their way through the streets of Boston to their waiting boat, Paul Revere raced across the countryside to alert the patriots. From the opposite side of the bay two warning lanterns flashed in the steeple of the Old North Church, and though twice interceped by British sympathizers, his horse taken from him, Paul Revere reached Lexington before dawn. And so the British, hoping to reach Concord undected to destroy the arms cache there, found the colonists” militia waiting for them at Lexington.
Third Edition The Shot Heard Round The World
This edition is on a “Buffalo” pattern Case knife
“Do something,” Lord Dartmouth, the secretary of state for the colonies urged General Gage. “It would be better that the conflict be brought on quickly than in a riper state of rebellion.” On April 19, 1775, in Benjamin Franklin’s words, Gage, “drew the sword and began the war.” His plan was to destroy the arms cache at Concord, and to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock. leaders in the rebellion, at Lexington six miles before Concord. However, they were surprised to find
Fourth Edition The Declaration of Independence
This edition is on a MOdel 703 skinning knife by Westmark, of Western Cutlery Co
The colonists had fought to establish their rights, nd the British had fought to teach them a lesson: there had been no declaration of war or independence, as the patoriots still hoped for reconcilition. Then Thomas Paine, in his pamplet “Common Sense:” described King George as a harsh and savage brute, and the desire for independence became overwhelming. Congress met on May 15th, and delegated Thomas Jefferson tp draw up the Declaration. Jefferson wrote his draft declaration in two weeks, and it was debated in Congress July 2,3, and 4. Many delegtes felt the action was premature and urged delay, and at first count only nine colonies voted for approval. Then on July 4th, with New York abstaining but approving, twelve of the thirteen Colonies voted for the Declaration of Independence. John Adams called it the greatest question”which was ever debated”. and writing to his wife on July 2, said: “it…will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America….celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” The great Declaration came at a vital moment, giving the partriot cause new noibility and diginity.
Fifth Edition Washington Crossing the Deleware Fifth Edition Washington Crossing the Delaware
This edition is on a Model 503 Trophy Knife by Olsen Knife Co.
“It will be a terrible night for soldiers who have no shoes..” wrote Colonel Fitzgerald in his journal,”…but I have not heard a man Cpmplain. They are ready to duffer any hardship and die rather thabn give up their liberty.” On the fiercely cold Christmas night of 1776, in gale driven sleet, General Washington’s poorly equipped men forced their boats throught the3 floating ice of the Delaware river and at dawn attacked the Hessian mercenaries camped at Trenton, New Jersey. This ssuccessful raid at a crucial time indicted to both sides that the ragged revels had no yet given up.
Sixth Edition John Paul Jones
This edition is on a Case 6250 Folding Knife
“…the most bloody, the hrdest fought, and the greatest scene of carnage, ever fought between two ships of war of any nation under heaven,” wrote midshipman Nathaniel Fanning of the battle between the British ship “Serapis” andd the American “Bonhomme Richard” commanded by John Paul Jones. With both ships on fire and the “Bonhomme Richard” in danger of sinking, the British captain called for surrender, to which Captain Jones answered, “I have not yet begun to fight.” ””The battle vigorously continued with the bloody hand to hand combat, until the captian of the superior ship, the “Serapis,” personally hauled down the British flag, which he had sworn never to surrender to “that infamous pirate J.P. Jones”.
Seventh Edition Valley Forge
The Valle Forge Commemorative is etched on a Model 400S Gerber Ledgendary Blades skinning knife.
On December 12, 1777, Washington moved his army in the bitter cold to the wooded hillside of Valley Forge for the winter. The village was made up of a few scattered houses and a ruined forge: the advantages were plenty of wood and water, and although it lay only twenty miles northwest of Philadelphia, it was secure frome suprise. As the winter progressed, severe lack of food and clothing caused great hardship: more than 2000 men died or deserted, but by spring the starving army had miraculously survived and, better trained and disciplined than before, it was determined to fight to the death.
Eigth Edition Patrick Henry
The Patrick Henry Commemorative is etched on the Model 703 Custom Knife by Western Cuterly
“Give me Liverty or give me death” were the rining words of Patrick Henry, as he spoke before the Virginia Provincial Convention in 1775. He was urging that the Virginia militia be armed for defense of the colony against England, and his heartfelt proclamition has been an inspiration to freedom loving Americians ever since.
Ninth edition The Battle of Yorktown
The Battle of Yorktown commemorative is etched on a model P 172 knife frow W.R. Case
The British general, Cornwallis, had built a permanent suppkly base in the little port of Yorktown on the Chesapeake Bay, from where, with the army of 7000 men he conducted raids into the surrounding areas. Washington, though he has been waiting with a weakened army for a chnce to attack a large /british force in New York City, finally gave up this plan and moved against Cornwallis. at Yorktown. By a miracle of timing, a large French fleet sailed into the bay at the same time, and Cornwallis was cought in a trap. Corwallis’ supplies ran dangerously low, and finally the fatigue of the unending . This, final, unexpecstedly decisive battle led to the ultimate American victory, for sthe British, heavily in debt because of a war that had lasted longer than anyone had imagined. realized that the colonies would never be subdued. After the battle of Yorktown, the English armies were rmoved from Americia as rapidily as possible.
Tenth Edition Washington’s Triumphant Return To New York
The tenth and final edition knife was etched on Model R-7 Ridgid knife
Following Corwallis’ surrender at Yorktown, the fighting ceased, but it took a year for King George to recognize the United States of Americia. The peace was signed in Paris on February 3, 1783 and the news reached America on April 19, eight years to the day since the first shots had been fired at Lexington and Concord. The British withdrew from New York on November 23, 1783 and Washington marched in leading his ragged army triumphant at last.