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US Civil War era Bowie Knife

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US Civil War era Bowie Knife

A good example of a Civil War era, clip point bowie. From a wester Washington estate, where it has been stored, covered in grease for decades. The sturdy blade is in good condition, with some dark spotting that will probably clean nicely. The blade has been crudely sharpened at some distant time but has good form and no damage. The sturdy ricasso insures that the blade will function well when both hacking as well as thrusting. The leather scabbard is in the classic style shown in edged weapons books depicting both Union and Confederate bowies. The blade has been stored with the cutting side opposite to the construction of the scabbard, which appears to have shrunk, as shown. Leather restoration allowing the blade to be correctly inserted will probably somewhat close the gap between the scabbard and guard. The recurved guard and domed pommel are brass with a hard wood grip and are in very good original condition with undisturbed patina. Period is 1855 -1865. Overall length of Bowie 18.5", blade 13", in scabbard 19"

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