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Native Americans attacked an English grain convoy in 1675 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. 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.