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knife sheath
  • United States
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1925
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, metal, horse hair, string, pigment, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 25.5 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 1/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1984

The knife sheath has a rawhide back and buckskin front. There are metal cones at the bottom of the sheath, the bottom of the fringe, midway down the sheath, and at the corners on top. Each has a tuft of red horse hair, and are attached with string, rather than buckskin. There is lane-stitched beading in bands of red and yellow at the top. There is a long green triangle in the center of the sheath, with a band of red, then a band of yellow. The single fringe is wrapped in bands of yellow and red beads. There is a zigzag of red pigment on the back.