CLASSIC GEORGIA PIKE

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Item Code: 88-143

In truly outstanding condition! This one was purchased from author William Albaugh over 45 years ago!

During the Civil War many different and now forgotten makers across the Confederacy manufactured many thousands of pikes. While different variation exist, ones with distinctive iron or brass cross guards and long side straps are referred to as "Georgia Pikes" aka "Joe Brown Pikes", after Governor Brown of the state who had thousands of them made for home defense. William Albaugh in his groundbreaking work Confederate Edged Weapons states: " At the capture of the state arsenal at Milledgeville, Ga., on November 22,1864, a report of Colonel Hawley, 3rd Wisconsin Mounted Infantry, reflects the following weapons burned: "2300 smooth-bore muskets...5000 lances..." Actually, a known identical example now in a private collection was used as a flagpole by a Georgia Infantry regiment.

The total length is 103 inches with 92 inches of it being a wooden pole about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and made of ash. The bottom 7 inches has its original grounding iron intact. The double-edged blade has a great patina and is an 11-inches long by 1 1/2-inches wide. The blade sits on a round 2-inch brass disc and below this disc is a brass collar 1-1/2 inches deep from which run two 16 1/2-inch straps with four ground flush rivets. Excellent example of an iconic Confederate "last ditch effort" weapon. Untouched and uncleaned.  [pe] [ph:L]

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