Museum labeled example of typical Civil War alteration of a table knife. Wilkinson & Son BEST STEEL marked 4 ¾” blade which had been reshaped to produce a slashing weapon. Wood scale grips slightly shrunk from age. As there were fine cutlery manufacturers in the North, an English import is as expected in the South. Reshaping the blade allows its use for mess purposes but also provides a good throat-slashing weapon for a clandestine guerilla attack as was often, with Confederates outnumbered and fighting on their own soil.
Stock Number: A6175

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