Old South Military Antiques

Texas D-Guard With First National Flag
Item #: OS-7391

  Note the large Star on the left and the 1st National Flag

  Another large Star under my watermark

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. Many, like this one, were made by simple blacksmiths and purchased by private soldiers to take to the War, a symbol of pride, and a terrifying final ditch weapon for where the fighting was fiercest.

The knife shown here is a quintessential Confederate fighting knife. The knife is a massive twenty-one inches in length and one and five-eighths of an inch in breadth; it remains in excellent condition. The wooden slab grips are mounted to the thick three-eighths of an inch wide blade tang with rivets that are countersunk into the wood. The iron "D” shaped guard is fastened with a peened tang. The grip remains rock tight, and the guard has extremely minuscule play. The blade is bright and small file marks can still be seen all along both sides of the blade. Though there is scattered rust and several large nicks mostly towards the tip, the blade is so well preserved that you could easily cut your finger on it today.

After studying the knife, it is clear that it was made by a skilled blacksmith as the workmanship is indicative of master craftsman. The knife’s original scabbard is made out of tin and is in excellent condition. The scabbard was well built, but as the blacksmith’s profession did not call for much knowledge in the area of tin smithing, the solder joints exhibit a lack of skill not found in the knife.

The scabbard fits the blade so well that it is clear that it could have been made for no other knife. The belt loop is made of a solid, soldered piece of tin. Some localized pitting exists on the scabbard’s obverse but the majority of it is extraordinarily smooth. There are several slight pushes along the reverse of the scabbard, but with the quality of the soldering it is hard to tell whether these were put in later or this was how it was sold.

Someone cleaned the scabbard, which brought out the detail carved into its surface. The obverse of the scabbard has a large First National Flag with only seven stars in its canton scratched into its surface. From this the knife can be dated, as the seven star First National only lasted from March 4, 1861 to May 7, 1861 when Virginia joined as the eighth Confederate state. There are also, two large stars crosshatched into the scabbard’s surface to the left of the flag, and a large star scratched onto flag’s field and a large crosshatched star with a small star at its center on the reverse.

Texas was the seventh state to secede, and the flag has seven stars in the canton, plus there are large stars crosshatched into the scabbard, it can be stated with near certainty that this is a Texan made and used knife.

If you would like to own a quintessential Confederate D-Guard with extra history and zing, this is a wonderful example.

Price $8,400.00 USD