World famous author of several novels, all of which available on Amazon.com, and over a dozen screenplays, antique arms and armors expert Michael Zomber has just scored an amazing Civil War era artifact at a recent Sotheby’s auction. As a popular writer and beloved guest historian on a number of History Channel series, it wasn’t hard for the pro to spot the historical significance of this particular Bowie knife on the auction block. It was made that much easier given that the item offers a modern style engraving claiming it was the weapon of choice for John Brown’s attempted assassin.
Unfortunately, John Brown accrued a mass of enemies for his extremist views in armed insurrection as a form of ridding America of the slave trade. These beliefs ultimately got him tried and hanged for crimes against the south. Sotheby’s staffers told the importance of this Bowie knife’s link to the era by describing it as “a remarkable artifact from one of the bloodiest periods in American history.” With nickel handling and beautiful mother of pearl inlaid detailing, Michael Zomber gushed, “This knife is a rare treasure from a period in history I am particularly interested in and passionate about. Brown was a key player in the abolitionist movement, and it is an honor to own a piece of his personal history.”
Being a storyteller at heart, it’s not at all surprising that Michael Zomber continues to rack up credits for novels and screenplays based on his passions. His exploits on the Civil War alone have gained him critical acclaim the world over with A Son of Kentucky and Sweet Betsy That’s Me, making him well versed in this trying and turbulent span of time for the United States. However, despite his interest in the tumult of arms and war or perhaps even because of his knowledge of their horrors, it may be shocking to some to learn that he works tireless toward efforts for missions of fostering world peace.
Given the publicity of this latest purchase, many are beginning to wonder if he has a new book in mind. Neither confirming or denying, Michael Zomber has only said, “this knife has definitely caused the creative wheels to turn once again.”