The lot features a fantastic hand carved crooked knife from the Eastern Woodlands Native American Indians and dating to the 19th Century. The knife shows a solid hardwood handle having an exquisite hand chip carved American Folk-Art style geometric design with the handle having a wonderful swooping curved design that begins with a square pommel, swoops into a curved handle and culminates in the straight end which holds the blade. The blade is an iron blacksmith hand forged example most likely made from the remnants of another knife or gun parts showing a fine sharp condition. The blade is held into place presumably with a stub and the handle is wrapped in thick harness saddle leather scraps showing a dark patina from age and use that is then covered in solid copper original telegraph wire which shows a combination of worn polished patina that is mellowed. The knife shows a artful crafted design with impressive original even authentic patina and displays beautifully. Provenance: From a Manheim, Pennsylvania collection. Measures overall 10 inches long by 1.75 inches thick with a 4 inch blade.
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