Sam Houston's Hunting Knife

Description
Physical Description
Steel with wooden handle. The handle has an eight-point star-shaped plate with “Houston” inscribed on it.
Specific History
This hunting knife was owned by Sam Houston. In the mid-19th century, Houston presented the knife to New York lawyer Nicholas Dean.
General History
Sam Houston emerged as a prominent player in the affairs of Texas. Houston was elected commander in chief of the armies of Texas and took control of the Texas forces after the fall of the Alamo. On April 21, 1836, his force defeated Santa Anna and secured Texas independence. Houston was elected the first president of the Republic of Texas. After statehood in 1845, Houston was elected senator from Texas to the Congress of the United States.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
knife
associated dates
1800-1850
1850-1870
user
Houston, Sam
recipient
Dean, Nicholas
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
wood (overall material)
steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 20.3 cm; x 8 in
blade: 12.3 cm; x 4 13/16 in
used
United States: Texas
associated place
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
1990.0546.01.01
catalog number
1990.0546.01.01
accession number
1990.0546
subject
Hunting
Military
ThinkFinity
event
Expansion and Reform
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

3/1/2015 12:31:48 PM
Carl Crowder
Was the handle replaced prior to presenting as a gift? The wear on the blade and sheath do not seem to match in the photograph.
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