Northern Plains Buffalo Hide Tacked Knife Sheath

Remarkable early sheath was collected in South Dakota in the 1870's and was done with buffalo hide, sinew and brass trade tacks. The 14" original trade knife is of American manufacture with a five pin brass hilt attachment, possibly an early Green River blade. A very common form of sheath amongst both Northern and Southern Plains people, this once common sheath is now a rarity indeed. The edge of the folded buffalo parfleche is sewn tightly with twisted sinew and a somewhat uncommon double wrap of leather at the top stiffens the sheath for daily use. A few tacks are missing, mostly from the back and the leather is stained from what I imagine to be years of ash, blood, smoke and dirt. The sheath and knife are in good condition without damage, severe drying or leather rot so often found in pieces of this age. Overall length of knife in sheath is 16".

Item ID: NPK-1

$5,400 USD

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