Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA

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Native Americans attacked an English grain convoy during King Philip's War (1675-1676) in what is now South Deerfield, Massachusetts. They virtually wiped out the English soldiers and teamsters near a small stream that afterwards became known as Bloody Brook. One hundred years later, a local resident digging a well unearthed this knife on the site of the ambush. The knife is of French manufacture. It was probably obtained by a Native American during trade with the French. The wooden grip and iron pommel appear to be for a sword although they are in this case mounted on a knife blade. The pommel design is consistent with European small swords of the 1670-75 period.

Date: circa 1650 - 1675 
Topic: Military 
Materials: Iron
Dimensions: L: 10.875 in., W: .875 in.  
Accession #: 1872.12.02

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