Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 95: Buffalo Skinning Style Knife and Tack Decorated Sheath

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Buffalo Skinning Style Knife and Brass Tack Decorated Sheath Pictured in the Books "The Peacemakers" by R.L. Wilson and "Early Knives & Beaded Sheaths of the American Frontier" by John Baldwin

Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Buffalo Skinning Style Knife and Brass Tack Decorated Sheath Pictured in the Books "The Peacemakers" by R.L. Wilson and "Early Knives & Beaded Sheaths of the American Frontier" by John Baldwin

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Description:

This interesting knife and sheath combo is pictured on p. 10 of the book "The Peacemakers: Arms and Adventure in the American West" by R.L. Wilson. It is picture alongside five tomahawks, a club, and three other knives that Wilson attributes as Native American weapons. The knife is also pictured and identified on pages 30 and 32 of the book "Early Knives & Beaded Sheaths of the American Frontier" by John Baldwin. The full tang knife appears unmarked with an overall length of 13 1/4 inches, an 8 inch blade, and wood grip scales secured with brass rivets. The leather sheath has been extensively decorated with brass tacks. Per consignor the knife was formerly of the famed Norm Flayderman collection.

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The knife is fair, the blade showing a dark patina and wear and only come from years of hard use on the plains. The grip scales are equally weathered having been wielded repeatedly, likely as both a tool and a weapon. The sheath is good with an attractive weathered look, torn belt loop, and the brass tacks having an attractive aged patina. A knife full of Wild West character!



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