Civil War Era Dagger/Dirk
This is a very interesting 8" Civil War era Dagger/Dirk with a nice leather scabbard in very good shape. I'm typically not one for giving a lot of validity to verbal stories but the story that accompanied this one certainly seems plausible. The verbal story on this piece is that a Confederate soldier made this and gave it to his wife as a present. It was a means to protect herself on the family farm alone with the kids while he was away at war. He wanted the knife to be practical if needed and a way for her to know that he would always be watching over her so he incorporated his brass wedding band into the knife between the hilt and the handle. While that is merely a story, the weapon certainly has a brass wedding ring attached and it probably didn't have the durability of a piece a soldier would want to take off to war with him so it makes sense it would be used by someone on the home front to protect themselves should the need arise.