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    New Orleans Style Push Dagger.
    Circa 1850s-1870s. New Orleans style push dagger with 4-1/2" blade, 5-5/8" overall. Ebony handle is attached with a slotted nickel silver nut and is marked "15" on the underside. Sheath has original nickel silver mounts, leather body appears to be a replacement. Blade with sharpening scratches and some areas of pitting. Excellent.

    Known during their initial period of popularity as "gimlet knives," push daggers of this general form were popular concealed weapons in New Orleans and elsewhere, particularly among gamblers, prostitutes, and other members of society's seedier side. One reason that these knives are typically unmarked is that their sale in New Orleans was outlawed, discouraging makers from marking them with their origin.
    From the Ex Jack Royse Collection.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2018
    9th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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