Summary: this is serial #41 Lone Wolf Gonzaullas Bowie knife. Several of these knives now reside in the Texas Ranger Museum -- I've included a bit of information on the legendary Lone Wolf Gonzaullas below.
This knife has a 9" English Bowie-style grind with a false clip (not sharpened), overall length is a hair over 14-1/8". The blade with the LILE stamp on the front, back ricasso marked with the name and serial number of the commemorative. Custom guard, collar and butt cap with engraved Texas Ranger emblem, book-ends to an amazing fluted ivory handle in perfect / pristine condition. This stunning commemorative Bowie knife is in mint condition, simply spotless and looks like the day it was made.
10 photos for review – as shown, a new carry case and custom laser etched Gerstner & Sons display box both included. These are really hard to come by, the fluted ivory is stunning. It's just an amazing piece, none better for collection / investment purposes. Thanks and good luck.
From the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame:
"Manuel Trazazas Gonzaullas was born in 1891 in Cádiz, Spain to a Spanish father and Canadian mother who were naturalized U.S. citizens. He served as a Mexican army major at age 20, worked five years for the U.S. Treasury Department, and joined the Texas Rangers in 1920. During the '20s and '30s, Gonzaullas enforced the law in the oil fields and on the border. Known as "El Lobo Solo" (the Lone Wolf), he pursued bootleggers, gamblers and drug runners alone. In 1933, Governor Miriam Ferguson fired Gonzaullas and other Texas Rangers. In response, the Texas Legislature created the independent Department of Public Safety in 1935. Gonzaullus was appointed Superintendent of the D.P.S. Bureau of Intelligence and created a crime laboratory second only to that of the F.B.I. In 1940, Gonzaullas resigned from the Bureau and rejoined the Rangers as Captain of Company B in Dallas. After distinguished service, he retired in 1951, becoming a technical consultant for radio, motion pictures, and television shows such as Tales of the Texas Rangers. He helped found the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in 1968. Captain Gonzaullas died in Dallas in 1977 at age 85, leaving his scrapbooks and personal papers to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum."