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Rare – Excavated Civil War Soldier’s Pocket Knife “American Knife Co.”, Harrison’s Landing 1990


Product Description

Being offered here is a rare brass Civil War soldier’s Pocket Knife. In raised letters on both sides is "AMERICAN KNIFE CO". The approximate size: 3 3/4 inch length; 3/4-inch width; 3/8 inch thick. The exterior shows the effects of ground action but is solidly intact. The rusted blade is fixed in place and rust has leached out onto the edge of the brass exterior. On one side is the digger's inventory number.

It was recovered in December 1990 at Harrison's Landing, situated east of Richmond, VA along the James River where General George McClellan camped during the summer of 1862 after the battle of Malvern Hill.

This pocket knife was acquired directly from the digger's family. The digger hunted Civil War trails, campsites, and battle sites throughout central Virginia and adjacent states for several decades. Included in the additional images of this relic is an image of the digger's index card indicating, in most cases, the relic's identification, assessment of condition, recovery date & location, and other general information. An copy of this index card will be included.

A while back I had another American Pocket Knife which had markings of “AMERICAN KNIFE CO.” and on both sides is ”PATd. AUG / 1862”. It was dug in the 1980s by a local digger at a Federal camp in Fairfax Station, Virginia (see pictures). The one here is the same type of knife, but a patent date is not visible. This pocket knife would make an excellent addition to any Civil War collection. It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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