Joseph Rodgers and Sons Bowie Knife Attributed to Sergeant F.P Ellis, Co. C, 1st Maine Cavalry

6.375" clip point blade with 2.5" false edge, 4.25" hilt with 2.25" German silver cross guard, 10.675" overall length. Horn scales scored by German silver pins. Reverse ricasso marked: V-[crown]-R over JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS / 6 NORFOLK ST / SHEFFIELD. Reverse cross guard engraved: Ser'g S.S. Ellis / Co. A. Oval escutcheon on reverse grip 1st Me Cav. Knife is accompanied by a period German silver mounted leather scabbard that has a crude added leather covering with a 1.25" wide belt loop that will accommodate a 3" wide belt.

Scott S. Ellis enlisted in the 1st Maine Cavalry on October 19, 1861 as a sergeant and was assigned to Company A. He was captured on June 19, 1863 at Brandy Station and released approximately a month later and rejoined his company. He was mustered out of the regiment on November 25, 1864. The 1st Maine Cavalry participated in numerous engagements during the Civil War, operating for much of their service in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Virginia region. Early 1862 engagements included Cedar Mountain and 2nd Bull Run. Later that year portions of the regiment were present at South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. During 1863 the regiment was heavily engaged in the series of northern Virginia cavalry skirmishes leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg, including Aldie, Upperville and Middleburg. The regiment was at Gettysburg and subsequently saw combat at numerous smaller engagements as well as Cold Harbor, Trevilian Station and part of the Petersburg Campaign. The regiment departed the field in early November of 1864 and were mustered out by the end of the month.


Good. Knife cleaned to bright with some pitting and surface discoloration and scattered oxidation. German silver with a pleasant dull tone, horn scales very good. Scabbard good with wear and age.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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