Richmond Virginia Bowie Knife

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      Several Richmond, Virginia companies that had been pre-war saw makers, turned their talents to knife making during the War Between the States.  They worked together and separately during the War under the names, Boyle & Gamble, Burger Brothers and Burger, Boyle & Gamble.  We know this because of maker marks found on various knives.  Relatively few of their products were maker marked, but the ones that were have distinguishing characteristics.  By the style of its tin scabbard with its rolled edge belt loop, and the riveted slab grips with oval cross-guard, it is quite apparent that the massive Bowie shown here is one of their products.  The .295 inch thick, 2 1/16 inch wide and 15 inch long double edged blade suggests that it is a Boyle & Gamble, the scabbard suggests Boyle & Gamble, and the slab grips suggest Burger & Bros. 

     It is one of the largest of the Richmond, Virginia made Bowies in existence.  The total length exceeds 20 inches!  Its double edged blade is made strictly as a combat knife; it would be of very little use as a camp or hunting knife.  Its beautiful blade remains highly polished just as when it was made, not cleaned, but original luster!  Its form fitting tin scabbard is perfect except for the scratches; just as it was when it was made.  This is one of the finest Confederate knives I have ever examined.  This is quite simply the very best of the best in Confederate knives and the only known of this double edged pattern to exist by this maker.  For the collector who already has 50 or the collector who has not yet purchased a Confederate knife, this cannot be improved upon.          

   

 

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