Lot 202

Central Plains Beaded Sheath & 1889-1890 Knife

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
The lot features a circa 1889-1890’s Ontario Knife Company trade knife and Central Plains Indian beaded Buffalo hide sheath. The beaded sheath is Central Plains in pattern and is comprised of Indian brain-tanned Buffalo Bison hide which is sinew sewn with old glass trade beads. The sheath has a snake or hourglass geometric pattern and is done in early chalk white, red white heart and semi-transparent green with a section of Indian hide fringe bearing hand-rolled tin jingle dangle cones at the center and hide fringe at the base also bearing rolled tin cones. The top has a hide belt tie. The knife bears the early Ontario Knife Company Made in U.S.A. saber hallmark / makers mark and dates to circa 1889-1900. The knife has a two-piece solid wood handle which is wrapped with Indian tanned hide and accented by old brass trade tacks. A nice early set which is well preserved showing little to no bead loss and fine display. The knife is 10”L and the sheath is 10.5”L by 3.5”W.