November 16, 2012

Picture of the Week 16nov2012

About The Longest Bowie Knife you are likely to see, and in a yankee’s belt
This sixth plate Civil War tintype photo shows a Federal infantry private who decided to take no chances in front of the camera. Wearing his forage cap tilted slightly back to show clearly his entire face, he holds a bayonetted musket at his side, and tucked into a waist belt are a revolver to the viewer’s right and a bowie knife on the left.  This wicked thing has a simple crossguard and handle, and has a clip-point blade that must be 16 inches long!  This fellow is one dangerous hombre.  He is taking no chances.  A simple backdrop suggests this was taken in a primitive studio or in the field.  A good CW fighting man image!

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