An English made American Civil War period bowie knife attributed to the Confederate “Louisiana Tigers”. The bowie knife has a black ebony grip with silver inlaid cartouche. Horse headed pommel cap showing silver hallmarks, floral cross guard. Huge blade which has the tiger engraved and blued with makers silver cartouche to the ricasso of “Preist & Co Oxford St London”. A very good quality knife.
Louisiana Tigers was the common nickname for certain infantry troops from the State of Louisiana in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. Originally applied to a specific company, the nickname expanded to a battalion, then to a brigade, and eventually to all Louisiana troops within the Army of Northern Virginia. Although the exact composition of the Louisiana Tigers changed as the war progressed, they developed a reputation as fearless, hard-fighting shock troops.
The Tigers, due to their lack of bayonets were either issued or brought along their own Bowie-style knife or ship cutlasses, implements which were described as “murderous-looking…with heavy blades…twenty inches long with double edged points…and solid long handles.”...Read full description