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knife with sheath
  • China
  • knife with sheath, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: China
  • metal, semi-tanned leather, cotton, string, yarn, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: a 32.5 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: a 12 3/4 x 2 3/4 in
    Object Length/Width: b 39 x 4.5 cm length includes ties
    Object Length/Width: b 15 3/8 x 1 3/4 in length includes ties
  • Gift of Mrs. Allen Phillips
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3508.a,b

The knife is metal, possibly iron (2007.3508.a). The metal is continuous, ending with two curls behind the handle. The handle is made by wrapping the metal with strips of red and white cotton cloth and white string.

The semi-tanned leather sheath (2007.3508.b) is decorated with a strip of blue yarn in the center and around the edge. There are two short strips of semi-tanned leather at the top.