Rare 19th Century Antique American Civil War Confederate Bridle Cutter Pike Blade
Scarce antique American Civil War Era, Confederate bridle-cutter pike blade, hand forged from one piece of solid iron.
The double-edged blade with a downward curved blade extending from its base still shows marks from hand forging.
The smaller, hooked blade was designed to cut through the reins and/or bridle of attacking cavalry, causing them to lose control of their mounts.
This blade was mounted on a long pole.
REFERENCES: AMERICAN POLEARMS 1526-1865: THE LANCE, HALBERD, SPONTOON, PIKE AND NAVAL BOARDING WEAPONS by Rodney Hilton Brown. Chapter VI (Polearms of the Confederacy).
CONDITION: good. The surface is with an original dark patina.
Overall length: 40.5 cm (15.94 inches).
Width approx. 12 cm (4.72 inches).
WEIGHT: 467 grams.