Here is the James Bowie sword that was in possesion of the Bowie family in Louisiana. In 1981, I received photos of the sword from Gwendolyn Moore Burk, Rezin Bowie's Great Granddaughter, who was, at that time, in her late 90's. It has been the family's belief, at any rate, that the object in Bowie's hand in the G.P.A. Healy portrait is the James Bowie sword. While Healy's artisitc license may've enlarged the "knobs" on the sword's handle, they are evident on the sword, if you study it close enough. Another probable choice of artistic license by Healy was in not showing the blade of the weapon at all. For, whether it were a sword, or knife in Bowie's hand, at the angle he is holding the handle, the blade would surely have to show. But Healy might've felt that to depict a long, whitish slash running down the canvas (see below) would've detracted from the overall portrait, so he left it out.
Thanks a LOT for these GREAT pics of the "MUSSO BOWIE" and the "MOORE BOWIE" I remember back in the late '80's, I saw ads in mags for replicas of the Moore Bowie. I want to make myself some copies of both, and have looked for good pics for a while. They aren't in the Bowie Knife book by Flayderman, at least not that I think. GREAT INFO, thank you very, very much!