Jim Bowie character jug in a trial colorway designed by Caroline Dadd and modeled by Robert I. Tabbenor, and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in 2011. James "Jim" Bowie (1796-1836), a nineteenth century American pioneer and soldier, played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo. Stories of Bowie as a fighter and frontiersman have made him a legendary figure in Texas history and a folk hero of American culture. His rise to fame began in 1827 on reports of the Sandbar Fight, a melee in which Bowie, having been shot and stabbed, killed the sheriff of Rapides Parish with a large knife. This, and other stories of Bowie's prowess with the knife, led to the widespread popularity of the Bowie knife. At the outbreak of the Texas Revolution, Bowie joined the Texas militia, leading forces at the Battle of Concepcion and the Grass Fight. In January 1836, he arrived at the Alamo, where he commanded the volunteer forces until an illness left him bedridden. Bowie died with the other Alamo defenders on March 6, 1836. A Bowie knife, Texas flag and canon form the handle of this jug.
The Alamo Collection