Georgia Armory D-Guard

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      The D-Guard knife shown here is truly spectacular in all regards.  It is virtually perfect, it is huge, it is well shaped, is aesthetically pleasing, and it is maker identified.  This is the exact knife on the cover of Confederate Bowie Knives.  In that work it is stated that it is believed to have been made by Rufus Hughes for the Georgia Armory in Milledgeville, Georgia.  It is also suggested that it was made for Georgia Governor Joseph Brown.  While this may or may not be there is no doubt it was made for some special VIP.

     Early in the War the state of Georgia took over the old penitentiary in Milledgeville and turned it into an armory.  There they produced muskets, bayonets, swords and knives, though it was a very limited production.  In the fall of 1864 the armory was burned by the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry under Sherman’s direction.  Though this knife and scabbard have long been recognized as Confederate Armory products because of its form and the materials used in its construction, only recently were they positively identified as having come from the Georgia Armory at Milledgeville.  A very nice example of this pattern was brought into the Antiques Road Show by the descendants of one of Sherman’s men.  The Yankee had pasted a label to the scabbard that told of the knife’s history.  The inked label reported that the knife and hundreds like it were taken from the Milledgeville Armory. 

     This Type 1 Georgia Armory knife is a whopping 23 5/16 inches in length and has a blade width of 1 11/16 inches.  The knife has the most beautiful blade and grip of any of the Georgia Armory knives.  The grip is made of fluted bone and the blade is polished to a bright luster.  The blade is smooth and nick free.  The grip remains tight; the guard is tight and retains most of its original black japan.  The correct scabbard is original to the knife and is in perfect condition.

     This is the very best of the best!

 

 

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