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Confederate Bowie-Bayonet by Cook & Brother New Orleans

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Confederate Bowie-Bayonet by Cook & Brother New Orleans. This "Bowie" is found in several variations with and without muzzle rings. Based on a pair of early war telegrams illustrated here from Confederate General Charles Dahlgren, these knives are possibly the product of Cook & Brother of New Orleans. According to Norm Flayderman in his monumental text The Bowie Knife; the only mention of the term "bowie-bayonet" is made by US Admiral John Dahlgren who coined the term for his knife used on a Navy rifle. His brother Confederate General Charles Dahlgren notes in early war telegrams shown here that he wishes "bowie knives put on guns, Cook in New Orleans can do it" and in 2nd telegram a few days later he wishes the bowie knves not put on guns. This may explain the the reason for such variation in the "muzzle rings" or lack of muzzle rings, filled muzzle rings. Rosewood was often used in antebellum New Orleans on knives and surgical tools and Cook would have access no doubt. Copies of the telegrams can be found on the civilwardealer.com website.

 

This example is complete with original well fit brass mounted leather scabbard. It is 17 inches overall with a 12 inch clip point blade. Rosewood grip has no cracks, retains original lacquer and brass parts of grip have nice patina and original file marks. No play at all. Blade is in outstanding condition. Nice and bright with original polish and tool marks. Leather scabbard is somewhat dry, has some chipping and scuffs but remains sound.

 

 

 

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