Confederate Bridle Cutter Pike Modified to Flag Staff

12.75" double-edged spear point blade, 15" in length including the brass socket, with 4" curved cutting blade intentionally removed. 92.5" in overall length. Grounding iron removed from butt, which has been carved into a rudimentary point to assist in planting the haft in the ground. Old iron nails set in shaft from the bottom of the socket for about 18" in two opposing rows, suggesting this pike was modified for use as an ersatz flag or guidon pole in the field. A large cache of these bridle cutter pikes were recovered in 1980 from a burned out Confederate supply train on the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad in South Carolina. This train was wrecked and destroyed by Union troops during the last months of the war, indicating that even though pikes are considered "early war" southern weapons, they were still in inventory and being transported at the end of the war as well. A very cool Civil War relic that almost certainly marched into battle with banner waving below its blade.

***Due to excessive length this item may only be picked up in person or 3rd party shipping must be arranged. Cowan's will not ship this item.***


Good. Metal heavily oxidized with some roughness and pitting. Wood worn and modified as noted.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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