Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    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
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,283

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold on Dec 9, 2018 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 October 9 Americana & Political Signature Auction Featuring the Michael Ward Collection - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search