Palmetto Armory was significant as one of Columbias early manufacturing concerns, the Palmetto Iron Works was built in 1850 by William Glaze and a Mr. Boatwright for making ornamental iron works. It became known as the Palmetto Armory in 1851 when the State of South Carolina contracted with William Glaze and Company to manufacture specific numbers of muskets, rifles, pistols, cavalry sabers and artillery swords.
Shermans February 16, 1865 Field Order No. 26 the Armory smokestacks were damaged beyond repair and all machinery destroyed. After the Civil War, George A. Shields rebuilt the foundry and by 1888 directed a thriving business that continued into the twentieth century.The remaining walls of the original main three-story building were used in the rebuilding. The third story, cornice, parapet, and dome of the original building were replaced by a gabled tin roof. Bought by the City of Columbia in 1942, it has been adaptively reused as a community center. The Palmetto Iron Works and Armory are also called Arsenal Hill, a name associated with this section since the days when the old arsenal stood nearby. Listed in the National Register November 23, 1971.
Nice original bowie knife manufactured by the Palmetto Armory during the Civil War. This knife is well made and heavy.
Very nice "PALMETTO ARMORY 1861" hallmark seen on the blade. Etched onto the surface of the blade is "DEATH TO TRAITORS" which was a popular slogan during the Civil War. This knife would have been carried by an officer or well-to-do gentleman involved in the war effort.Blade has some areas of oxidization as pictured but is clean and strong. Original deer bone handle is in excellent condition. Sterling silver pommel and bolster. Super thick blade and heavy.
Original sheath fits like a glove. From the Civil War era or earlier. 16" long and a 9.5" blade.Superb knife in superb condition! The item "Civil War Era Side Bowie Knife Palmetto Armory South Carolina Confederate" is in sale since Tuesday, March 13, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons". The seller is "appyantiques" and is located in Kingsport, Tennessee.
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