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    Most Unusual, if Not Unique, Confederate-made Fighting Knife Used by Frederick Clevensahl, Company H, 19th Regiment of German Home Guards, Richmond, Va., during the Civil War. Clevensahl is listed as a corporal on the roster of this unit in October 1863. Detailed provenance from Clevensahl's direct lineal descendants accompanies the knife. The knife is 15.75" overall. The hilt is comprised of the fish scale cast brass grip from a Confederate naval cutlass and a ½" turned up iron guard, which protrudes 1½" at either side of the grip. The pommel displays the characteristic CSN on one side and a fouled anchor on the other. There is an integrally-cast slot to accept the cutlass guard. The grip shows no signs of being previously hilted and its initial use was apparently in the fabrication of this knife. The massive 10½" blade is diamond shaped in cross section and spade shaped overall. The blade is smooth with the knife overall displaying a very pleasing untouched dark patina. Great Confederate knife with superb history.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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