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knife sheath
  • United States
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1990
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, metal, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 33 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 x 2 1/2 in
  • Transfer from the Johnson County Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1986

The buckskin knife sheath has a beaded decoration on the bottom half, and yellow pigment on the buckskin top. The opening has a scalloped edge. There are tufts of buckskin fringe with metal cones at points on the top, and at five points along the beaded panel's edge.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of a thick white band with a dark blue green triangle, outlined in yellow then black. White stripes extend from the band to the opening and has red and black squares. The beaded portion below the white band has a black border, a thin white line, and a dark blue green triangle with a white bird, which is upside down.

The beaded decoration on side two has the same white stripe to the top opening. It has a white field with a yellow triangle at top with a blue green rectangle in the center, and the triangle is outlined in black. There is a thin red "V" with a vertical red line dividing it, and a black "S" shape in each resulting in a triangle.