Lot 454: Unmarked Confederate 'D' Guard Bowie knife measuring 24.5? in overall length with a 19? double-edged blade with a spear point. The hilt has a dark wood grip that appears to be walnut and an iron 'D' shaped guard with a forward curving quillon. The guard itself is dark with age and has fine pitting, and the grip shows some smoothed over fine splinters with a couple of short age cracks near the blade; overall it is sound and in good condition. The sharp blade has a dark gray patina and has no nicks with the tip slightly blunted, and exhibits some faint pitting at the tip and light pitting at the guard. In general the knife shows its age and use but has not been abused. This type of unmarked Bowie knife is typical of the local blacksmith-made knives popular among Southerners at the war's beginning. Although these Bowie 'sidekicks' were made by the thousands early on, many were later thrown away by rebel soldiers who did not want to carry the extra weight and thus today are scarce Civil War collectibles.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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