Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1113: Carved Native American Style "Beavertail" Dag Trade Knife

Auction Date: September 12, 2020

Native American Style "Beavertail" Dag Trade Knife with Carved Handle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Native American Style "Beavertail" Dag Trade Knife with Carved Handle

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Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 113
Class: Other

Knives of this style were very popular trade items among Native American tribes in the late-1700s to early-1800s. Measures 15 inches overall with a 8 inch long and 2 inch wide spear point blade. The handle is of carved hardwood attached to the blade with two rivets and appears to have previously had a wrapping around the grip portion that is now absent. The carving features a bust of the man as the pommel. Stickers attached to the knife state that it is a dag knife from 1790 to the 1820s and formerly of the Jim Dresslar collection.

Rating Definition:

Good, the blade showing a mottled brown-grey patina with a few minor nicks in the edges and some minor pitting scattered throughout. The handle is also good with minor dings, dents, and scratches scattered throughout, and mild wear on the distinct carving.

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