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This knife originally in the iconic Vidalia, Louisiana Collection of Logan Sewell was made by the best known and highest grade New Orleans surgical tool maker Agrider Dufilho. This antebellum weapon has a presentation that reads “R. E. MCHATTON / FROM / M. O. LEBLANC”. LeBlanc was later a 2nd Lt. in the 13th Louisiana Infantry and Robert McHatton was a member of the Pointe Coupee Batallion Light Artillery who was paroled just after the Confederate surrender at Vicksburg.

This knife shows old traces of gold paint typical of Union captured war relics displayed after the war. Knife is full firm marked with Dufilho’s logo of a scalpel stamped on opposite side. This exact knife is pictured on pg 420-421 of The Antique Bowie Knife Book by Adams, Voyles & Moss.

Southern antebellum push daggers are quite rare and this is the only presentation of two Confederates we are aware. PROVENANCE: Ex-Logan Sewell Collection; Pgs 420-421 The Antique Bowie Book, Adams, Voyles, & Moss, 1990; Blade Magazine, August 2005. I included a photograph of another example published in Flaydermann's Antique Bowie Knife Book.

Very good to fine overall condition. 5-1/2″ blade including shank retains much of its original polish and luster, overall stained and scratched. Double bar solid silver handle has grey/silver patina with small dents and scratches. Blade shank retains about half of its silver plate with spatterings of old paint. Firm mark and logo are discernible. Silver scabbard is missing frog button and finial, otherwise solid with easily discerned inscription with minor blemishes and overall silver patina.

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