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    An important American knife with apparently only one other example by this maker extant.

    Important St. Louis, Missouri-made Knife with Provenance Attesting to its Use by Captain James Simpson, Co. I 12th Missouri Cavalry, C.S.A. 12.5" overall with 7.75" double edge blade with high median ridge and 1" ricasso. Marked with a single die stamp on the obverse ricasso "WERBER" and on the reverse "ST. (LOU)IS, MO. (center portion of the die strike weak). Philip Werber is listed in the St. Louis directory as a maker of surgical instruments, beginning in 1854. The knife utilizes a one piece ebony grip, with German silver bolster and German silver washer, which is inlaid into the grip, on the exposed tang. Iron cross guard with elongated ball finials. Blade near mint, just some salt and peppering at the tip. Grip with one minor age hairline but very sound, else perfect. Brown leather scabbard, form fitted to the blade, with German silver tip and throat with frog stud. Also retains the original brown leather frog with belt loop. Scabbard and frog both with incised line decoration and about perfect condition.

    The knife is accompanied by substantial family correspondence detailing its lineage from Simpson to a direct lineal descendant who acquired it via inheritance circa 1975. Simpson enlisted in the 12th Missouri Cavalry on August 5, 1862, having had prior service in Co. B 2d Regiment Missouri State Guard C.S.A. He served with the 12th through early 1864. The 12th Missouri was heavily engaged throughout Simpson's term of service. Also accompanied by a wealth of original and photostatic material on the knife's lineage, the maker, and the history of the regiments Simpson served in.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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