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dagger with sheath
  • North or Central America
  • dagger with sheath, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • metal, wood, incising, stamping
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: together 33 x 8 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: together 13 x 3 1/8 x 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5692.a,b

The silver colored metal dagger has a curved blade (2007.5692.a) and sheath (2007.5692.b).

The dagger has a metal handle with a knob at the end and the guard is pointed on either side, in different directions. The knob is stamped with a flower-like design and the guard with circles. The design on the remainder of the handle is too worn to distinguish. The slightly curved blade has one cutting edge. One face of the blade is decorated with a wavy line and stars in a design reminiscent of a vine with leaves.

The sheath is slightly curved to accomodate the blade with a small knob at the point. It was made of wood covered with metal. Both sides are decorated with longitudinal rows of circles or curlicues.