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Civil War Soldier's Blackjack, Antietam museum (SOLD,DF)

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This is truly a rare and unique piece being offered, it is a Civil War era Blackjack. It measures 8 ½” long and has a diameter of 1 ½” on the “business” end of the piece. It weighs a half pound and the outside is covered in hand-sewn leather. Not positive, but I assume there is a piece of iron on the base and possibly strips of thin leather wrapped around a piece of wood to fashion the handle, which is flexible.

Blackjacks were carried by some soldiers during the Civil War, maybe as a last line of defense or a rowdy card game. In the Time/Life Silver series, there is a very similar blackjack which belonged to a Confederate soldier from Louisiana and was found on the Gettysburg battlefield (see pictures). That same blackjack is also pictured in the book “J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg Collection” (see pictures). In my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I discuss these artifacts.

This blackjack I purchased over 20 years ago from John Ray, who had the “Antietam Battlefield Museum” on Main Street in Sharpsburg. It is all intact, but the stitching of the leather on the handle has now separated due to age and shrinkage. Like I said, these crude weapons are rare and examples such as this are impossible to find. What a great curiosity this would be with a display of a soldier’s personal effects.

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