Native American Indian Plains Dakota Sioux Beaded Knife Sheath
Native American Indian Plains Dakota Sioux Beaded Knife Sheath

Native American Indian Plains Dakota Sioux Beaded Knife Sheath

1800 to 1900 North America

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A Native American Indian Plains Dakota Sioux Beaded Knife Sheath the Reverse Painted in a Geometrical Pattern
Buffalo hide, glass and steel trade beads, tin cones and horsehair
Circa 1870 – 80

Size: 24cm long – 9½ ins long
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 9, item no. 101, for another example of a knife sheath
By 1840 the introduction of European steel needles enabled the native American women to utilise the small glass seed beads that were traded across the Plains in more complex and complicated designs. In the 1860’s the beads became available in larger quantities and longer and broader bands of beadwork replaced the short narrow strips of quillwork along the seams of items.

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Hide, glass and steel beads, tin cones, horsehair
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