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Burger and Brothers Confederate Bowie Knife

9.25" single-edged clip point blade with 2.8125" false edge and 1.638" wide blade at the ricasso. 4.5" hilt with 3.145" x .86" wide oval brass guard and two slab wood scales secured by three .25" iron pins. 13.75" overall length. Reverse of blade marked BURGER & BROTHERS in an arc over RICHMOND, VA. Burger & Brothers produced slightly more than 7,000 edged weapons for the Confederacy between the outbreak of the war and May of 1862 when they sod their business. The majority of their output does not appear to be Bowie pattern knives, but rather pikes and pike blades, lances, sabers, "Roman Swords" and "Artillery Knives", both of which were likely Roman pattern short swords based upon the US M1832 pattern. Burger & Brothers knives are quite rare and do not appear for sale very often, particularly with such a clear maker's mark on the blade.

Condition:

Good. Blade with even oxidation, discoloration, surface crust and some light pitting. Blade marking very crisp and clear. Grip lightly sanded and rounded. Brass guard with a golden patina and some file marks from rough finishing. A nice example of a rare Confederate knife in untouched condition.

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$16,450
10/31/2018

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