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knife sheath
  • United States
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, quills, horse hair, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 28 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 x 2 3/4 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1989

The rectangular knife sheath has a rawhide back, and buckskin front. There is a buckskin loop at the top, and two buckskin fringes at the top, wrapped with red and white quills. Each has two metal cones with a red horse hair tuft on each fringe. There is short buckskin fringe at the other end. The beaded panel has a light blue field. There are triangles along the sides in combinations of dark blue, white and red. There are dark blue vertical lines in the center of the field, with small squares at each end and dark blue and white beads along the side seams.