Old South Military Antiques

“Wicked” Published D-Guard in its Original Tin Scabbard
Item #: OS-7475






  Note the remains of the rasp from which it was made


  This small, irregular hole is puched without distorting the tin, this could only be done by shrapnel

Every soldier North and South needed a knife when they marched off to war, and in the South, it was fashionable, if not practical to carry a large fighting knife. The bigger the better.

The knife shown here is the quintessential Confederate fighting knife. The knife is a massive twenty-seven inches in length and two and a quarter inches in breadth. The drop point blade has a twenty-inch reverse edge. The blade tang passes through the turned mesquite grip and the iron D-guard, and is peened.

This same knife is published in Josh Phillips Confederate Bowie Knives, on page 223. It is the only knife in the whole book described as "wicked” and he points out that "the size of this knife can only be appreciated in person.” The knife is from the John Ashworth collection and originated in Louisiana. Though originated in Louisiana, I have reason to believe that it was made in Texas, not proof, but a very reasonable suspicion, which I won’t make the effort to detail here, as it would be too long, but if that part of its life is important to any potential buyer, I will be happy to go over it with him via phone.

The craftsmanship shown in this knife is repeated in the scabbard. The tin scabbard closely follows the flowing form of the blade; so closely that it could not possibly fit any other knife. The scabbard is missing its belt loop, but is otherwise in excellent condition, without so much as a ding or dent. The massive iron D guard and grip remain completely tight.

This is a monster, among monster Confederate knives.

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