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dagger with sheath
  • Africa
  • dagger with sheath, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Northern Africa
  • iron, wood, leather, string, carving, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: a) 35 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: a) 13 3/4 x 2 9/16 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 60 x 10.6 cm length includes strap; width at string loops
    Object Length/Width: b) 23 5/8 x 4 3/16 in length includes strap; width at string loops
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0400.a,b

This knife (2007.0400.a) has an iron blade with one cutting edge and a notched edge opposite. The blade curves at the end. The wooden handle has a stepped guard and pommel, both of which are wrapped in light leather. The grip is wrapped in a medium brown leather in thin braided strips. There is an iron loop at end.

The sheath (2007.0400.b) has a wooden structure, wrapped in wood. It has stepped discs at the opening and point end. There is a band of braided leather strips just above the disc at the end of the sheath. There is a wooden hemisphere on the second step, near the opening, between the handle attachments. There is a loop of braided string on either side of the sheath, each is wrapped with a band of braided leather to make a buttonhole. The strap consists of four strands of braided leather which come together into a leather button at each end. The buttons are secured through string loops.