Among the most common conversions for the Civil War are these side or belt knives. As with this one, the knives were generally produced in England and of the best steel available at the time, which made them especially suitable for conversion to weapons. This example is 9” length with remnants of VR and maker’s name. The grip is antler, originally with an iron cap, lost in the field. It is in uniform well used condition typical for Confederate arms and accoutrements. Ex: Schindler’s Antiques, King St., Charleston.