Museum labeled example of classic Civil War alteration of a table knife. Produced by Rice, Latham and Cleary (Winsted Conn, 1856-61) and sold in the South as typical. 3 7/8” blade which had been reshaped to produce a slashing weapon. Wood scale grips slightly shrunk from age. Reshaping the blade allows its use for mess purposes and patch cutting 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.