3022A GOOD CONFEDERATE MCELROY "LASSO" BOWIE KNIFE.

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[?]Live Online Auction Starts In 2024 Jul 24 @ 10:00 (UTC-4 : AST/EDT)
Category Firearms & Military
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Start Price 2,500.00 USD
Estimated at 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 USD
9.75" overall, heavy 14.75" spear point blade, over 1/3" thick finely saber ground William J. McElroy of Macon, Georgia was a prolific Confederate sword & edged weapon maker. His most unique weapon is attributed from an 1862 Macon Telegraph newspaper article; "… We were shown a specimen of what is called the "LASSO KNIFE". The blade is from 12-16" w/ a solid brass handle, to which is attached a rope. It is designed for throwing at the enemy, & it is a "deadly weapon" in the hands of skilled men…". This is among the most unique edged weapons of the Civil War. Heavy solid cast brass handle as described. This example is the lowest number in our survey of about a dozen numbered "I", other roman numeral assembly marks are as high as "XXX".UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: pages 127-134 of "Confederate Bowie Knives". CONDITION: very good overall, blade is gray, salt and pepper pitting last few inches near tip, several small nicks in cutting edge. Brass handle has old polish and varnish, large shallow dents on either side. (02-22912/JS). $5,000-7,000.