Lot 18

Ca. 1890 Blackfoot Dag Knife & Beaded Sheath

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$25 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
The lot features a wonderful American Indian dag knife and beaded sheath attributed to the Blackfoot Indians in Montana and dating to the late 19th Century. The knife is a late-19th Century example with blacksmith hand-forged iron blade having large notch cuts, indicating its indention to be a war lance blade, along with a median ridged running down the center of the blade. The wooden handle is wrapped with old tarnished telegraph like wire along with being adorned with brass trade tacks. The sheath is made of Indian brain-tanned buckskin and has beautifully beaded designs with several triangle shapes, bands and a squiggly line representing a snake or a river at the center. There is a triangular-shaped beaded tab at the bottom, commonly seen on dag sheaths and the original tie strap still attached. The beadwork is glass trade seed beads in colors of white, greasy blue, cobalt, Cheyenne pink white heart, dark red white heart. A pleasing beautiful set. Provenance: From a private Native American beadwork and weapons collection in Cincinnati, Ohio. Knife measures 12 ¼ inches long. The length of the sheath is 12 ½ inches long.