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19TH CENTURY BELT KNIFE AND ORIGINAL SHEATH – DAGGER SHAPED BLADE FASHIONED FROM A CIVIL WAR ERA SWORD – EXCELLENT TOOLED LEATHER SCABBARD:  The type of knife that everyone searches for, this set has all the appearance of an early frontier made knife and sheath.   

Measuring 11 ˝ ” in overall length, with an 6 ˝” blade, the knife is fashioned from a Civil War Era sword blade – one of the straight bladed swords such as the NCO or  Musician Swords.  The blade is heavy and stiff and obviously intended for use rather than decoration.  The blade retains tool marks from being reshaped to its current form, but is otherwise smooth with no pitting – obviously well taken care of during its period of use.  The grip is fashioned from a single piece of what appears to be walnut, a tapered round in profile with concentric rings worked into the length of the grip.  The grip is held in place with a hammered iron washer locking onto the blade tang at the top and fitted with an iron ferrule and cross guard where it joins the blade.   

The original sheath is very nicely executed and from the fit, it is certainly original to the period of use of the knife.  Made of substantial brown harness leather, the body of the sheath retains its full form with no weak points.  It is decorated with a carved leather collar at the throat and a matching carved leather toe piece which ends in a braided leather “turk’s head” knot at the bottom.  All of the seams are intact, and while showing signs of use and having been carried, the sheath has survived in remarkable condition.   The narrow belt loop will accommodate a very narrow belt, approximately ˝” – 5/8” wide, which may indicate this sheath was carried on a separate belt or shoulder harness under the owner’s coat – perhaps by a lawman, shootist, gambler or other person who felt the need for such a blade close at hand, but out of sight.    

This set has a great look and feel to it and from all appearances is a well made product of a frontier blacksmith’s shop intended for serious work at close quarters.  Well cared for and having survived with the original sheath intact, this belt knife would be an excellent addition to a pistol belt.  (0349)  $375



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