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Dahlgren Bowie Knife Bayonet with Scabbard and Frog

12" spear-point blade with 2.5" false edge, 1.65" wide at ricasso. Earliest pattern hilt, with grooved wood grip secured by three copper pins visible in the bayonet lug mortise and two additional pins through the pommel cap. No Ames factory or date markings. Obverse ricasso marked with anchor inspection over P / GG inspection. It is generally believed that these very early, "pinned hilt" Dahlgren knives were prototypes as they are rarely encountered, are never Ames marked and never bear the script DR inspection that is typical of later production examples. Knife bayonet is accompanied by the brass mounted leather scabbard and the extremely rare leather belt frog.

Condition:

Fine, blade with most of the polish and only some minor surface oxidation and discoloration. Hilt with a lovely mustard patina. Grip with minor handling marks and dings. Scabbard very good with an old layer of black paint over the leather, which has protected it. Frog about good, with significant crazing, flaking and finish loss. The frog has added paint as well, which has probably preserved it, as the leather is quite weak.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,645
09/12/2018

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