Edged Wpns Civil War Side/Bowie/Fighting Knife?

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Bartman55

Private
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Greetings to All!
Here is an old knife I picked up at the local flea market. The dealer said it may be civil war era. I’m a novice and will greatly appreciate any at helpful feedback from the community! Thank you for your interest and opinions!
Warm regards to all,
Bart

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Tom Hughes

Corporal
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Mississippi
Greetings to All!
Here is an old knife I picked up at the local flea market. The dealer said it may be civil war era. I’m a novice and will greatly appreciate any at helpful feedback from the community! Thank you for your interest and opinions!
Warm regards to all,
Bart

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Either civil war or not, it looks to be a nice flea market pickup.
 

byron ed

2nd Lieutenant
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Technically it is a Bowie, having a scalloped top edge on the blade. Without a hilt however it would be less useful as a combat knife. Perhaps it once had one considering the way the shank is shaped at the base. I'm getting the vibe of either a cook's or a trapper's knife.

Lots of knives were carried by soldiers in the CW. Most of them were not government pattern or issue so there's no obvious way to tie this knife to any army, let alone to a soldier, without some accompanying written provenance. I suppose you could have a metallurgical assessment performed that would give you a range of date for its manufacture, if that's worth it to you --- what did you pay for the knife?

At least this knife appears to meet CW reenactment standard, if that's of any value to you.
 
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