early 19th century
An extremely rare dag knife from the fur trade period. These knives were popular on the Upper Missouri among Native Americans and trappers alike. Blade is marked "A. Taylor, Sheffield" with the symbol of a bear on all fours. Oak handle with five copper rivets and brass ring at top.
Blade 6 3/4" long, 2" wide; overall length 11 5/16", Length in case 13-1/8"
A great tacked knife sheath and knife. The sheath is made from old saddle leather with square brass tacks. The knife is typical high quality frontier manufactured Bowie Knife. Brass buttons and Ferrule clip point blade. Engraved OE in German script.
Knife 13 1/4"
Blade 8 1/2"
Sheath 11 1/2" x 3 3/4"
A short fighting lance much different from the normal long buffalo lance and quite scarce. Spanish sword blade used as point, wood probably ash or alder. Blade wrapped in sinew-sewn buffalo hide, dyed with green ochre. Trace of old ribbon ornamentation.
Bear Handled Crook Knife with 4" blade, fashioned of old steel and inserted into hardwood handle. Held in place with lead ferrule. Curved handle shows two carved bears. Showing black paint with red under paint.
10 3/4" long
c. Early to Mid 1700s
Maple haft is simply carved with vine elements and having chamfered edges. One piece of hardwood with burled ball head. Fine patina, with handle showing wear and use.
22-1/2" long, 6" wide
Southern Plains/Kiowa bow made of Osage Orange wood with dark patina. This is a recurve bow with painted designs in red and green trade paint. Original sinew string.
Yankton Sioux knife case on Parfleche. Fully beaded front in typical Yankton Sioux geometric design. A beautiful shade of green beads decorated with panels of red, greasy yellow, and cobalt blue. Partially quilled drops. Four stripes of beadwork on verso in red, green, greasy yellow and cobalt blue.
11 1/2" x 4 1/2" not including drop.
Parfleche knife case with trade cloth and beadwork. Knife scabbard made of repurposed parfleche fastened with copper rivets. Beaded tab over handle. Knife included, marked BGI Co, Brigeport, Ct. No. 601.
12-1/4" long, 4" wide
An extremely rare stone war club with a humanoid face on one side and a buffalo face on the other. Buffalo hide covered haft, sinew-sewn with hair drop wrapped in old red trade cloth.
24 1/2" long, excluding drop
Face 4 1/8" long by 3 1/2" wide