Double-edged dagger marked “I XL George Wostenholm Celebrated Cutlery” on the ricasso. Knifemaker George Wostenholm manufactured knives marked “I XL” in Sheffield, England since 1831. This example has a 5 ¾” blade with finely sharpened edges and some darkening from age. The cross guard is German silver and has a slight wobble from the shrinkage of the bone grip panels. Each grip is lightly engraved “1863,” and one grip has the additional date of “1912.” The overall length of the knife is 9 ¾”. The original scabbard is embossed leather with “I XL” embossed at the center and highlighted in gold ink. The tip and throat are rolled German silver. A wonderful Civil War soldier’s side knife with a great deal of character.
Inventory Number: EDG 091 / SOLD