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This knife sheaf was made in ca.1850 in the northern plains,Arapaho,Cheyenne

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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Northern Plains 1866 Arapaho 103 Cheyenne 264
Descriptions
steel 2355 metal cones 39 glass beads 689 deer antler 4 tanned hide 570 sinew 620 rawhide 1018 cotton thread 354
Names
knife 137 sheath 14
Date:
ca. 1890
Dimensions:
knife length: 10.5 in, penknife width: 1 in, diameter of handle: 3.125 in
Credit Line:
The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe
Remarks:
Steel knife blade is marked "Joseph/ Allen & Sons/Sheffield/England" and "NON-XLL." Handle is knobby deer antler. Sheath is rawhide covered in tanned hide in two sections, sinew sewn on side seams. Front is covered in glass beads - majority white upper portion with two wavy green bands vertically down center outlines in med. red, three (3) small red square crosses with metal bead or green bead at center set vertically between the bars. Upper and lower sections of sheath separated by row of metal cones thread sewn. Lower portion is white majority in two bands echoing shape of sheath, four mountain shapes in dark blue with med. red and light blue interior squares. Two sets of double stacked red square crosses with yellow bead center placed between mountains. Center filled with dark blue in pointed shaped with white angled white strips.
Accession Number:
NA.102.231

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