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    Sheffield Bowie Knife by Joseph Hawksley with the engraved legend on the ½" X 2¾" silver plaque inset on the grip, "Presented to Chas. E. Dilkes by Dan'l J. Doyle/ Co. C Ellsworth's Fire Zouaves/ Captured by him from one of the Black Horse Cavalry/ at Bull's Run, Va. July 21st 1861" The knife is completely untouched, in superb condition, 11½" overall, 7" blade with 5" rudimentary false edge, 1¼" wide just above the ricasso. Blade near mint with most of the original brilliant luster, marked on the obverse ricasso "Joseph/ Hawksley's/ Celebrated". German silver hilt with horn plaque grips, the obverse inlaid with two 3/8" mother-of-pearl discs, the reverse, of course, bearing the plaque. The maroon Moroccan leather covered scabbard has German silver mounts, the throat with a frog stud. Gilt embossed decoration including "IXL" on the face. The knife is overall near mint. Daniel J. Doyle enlisted in the 11th New York, First new York Fire Zouaves, Ellsworth's, on April 20, 1861 and served with the regiment until his muster out on June 2, 1862. Doyle was at First Bull Run where the regiment was heavily engaged, along with the 1st Minnesota and the 14th Brooklyn, at the top of Henry House Hill. Ordered to assault the Confederate line, the rear guard of the 11th was attacked by a band of JEB Stuart's "Black Horse" Cavalry led by R. Welby Carter. The Zouaves quickly shifted their formation and met the assault head on, killing eight and wounding nine of the riders with their first volley. It was at this point, obviously, that the knife was taken by Doyle from a Black Horse trooper. A truly remarkable Civil War artifact, captured during a vicious encounter between two of the most famous regiments of the entire war.

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