DescriptionA Group Of Three Fine Cutlery Handle Civil War Period Dirks. The group includes: 8 3/4" overall with 4 1/2" double edged etched blade. Marked on the ricasso "SLATER / BROTHERS / SHEFFIELD". Entire obverse of the blade covered with etched panel surrounded by scrollwork "NEVER DRAW ME WITHOUT REASON / NOR SHEATH ME WITHOUT HONOR". Blade very fine with just a couple of very minor stains and much original luster. Oval German silver cross guard perfect. Cutlery handle embossed with elaborate scrollwork designs with nice patina. Original scabbard covered with dark blue Moroccan leather and decorated with gilt embossing. German silver throat and tip. The throat with original frog stud and the tip with several small dents; 9" overall with double edged 4 1/2' blade which is about mint marked on both sides at base "JOSEPH H. MAPPIN / BROTHERS". Oval German silver cross guard perfect. Cutlery handle with vertical fluted designs perfect with nice patina. Original scabbard covered with Moroccan leather with scroll designs embossed along the edges. Silver throat with frog stud, tip with a couple of minor dents, else the scabbard is about perfect.; 9 1/8" overall with 4 3/4" double edged blade marked on the obverse ricasso "G. WOODHEAD / SHEFFIELD / WARRANTED". Blade generally smooth and light gray with just a few very minor stains. Oval German silver cross guard with one small bend, minor and easily repaired. Silver cutlery handle elaborately embossed with scroll and beadwork, perfect. Original scabbard near perfect. Covered with black Moroccan leather with gilt embossing. German silver throat and tip near perfect with large copper frog stud that is possible a period replacement. Very nice group.
From the estate of Houston collector Brent Burg.
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