A very good example of a Native Plains Indian Trade Knife and Scabbard. These knives were usually manufactured in Sheffield, England and exported over to the USA in large quantities. This c.1900's knife has an etched blade that reads: THE SPECIAL BUTCHERS KNIFE to one side. These knives were used primarily for skinning animals and were popular amongst native American peoples as they were cheap to purchase and easily replaced when worn out or broken. I would guess that the scabbard has been made by Native Americans and added at a later date(?). It consists of a rawhide skin decorated with applied beads to the top of the scabbard and a series of trailing beads secured to the side of the scabbard by brass pins. Both knife and scabbard are in good, sound condition with no issues. Blade length is 8 inches (12 inches overall). Please note that I do have another Native Indian trade knife for sale that came with this one - please see my other listings.
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