Original U.S. Civil War Lead Knuckle Duster Dug Near at Strawberry Plains Tennessee

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a lead knuckle duster dating from the United States Civil War and reportedly dug up decades ago at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. The knuckles measure 4 inches wide by 3.5 inches high and 3/4 wide at the widest part. This was made by melting down lead bullets. See others similar in 'Civil War Collector's  Encyclopedia' by Francis A. Lord, p. 156.

Strawberry Plains is an unincorporated community straddling the boundary between Jefferson, Knox, and Sevier counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Before 2010, it was treated by the United States Census Bureau as a census county division. Early in the Civil War, in 1861, the railroad bridge at Strawberry Plains was one target of Union sympathizers who aimed to burn several East Tennessee bridges to hinder Confederate military progress. The conspirators failed in their efforts to burn the Strawberry Plains bridge, but succeeded in their attacks of some of their other targets.
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