Plains Tacked Leather Knife Sheath and Knife Attributed to Big Back, Cheyenne, From an Important Denver, Colorado Collector

commercial leather with brass and copper rivets along edge; incised decoration at opening, length 9.25 in.; heavily used knife with wood handle, length 9 in.  Penciled note included: Big Back/ July 1 - 1929.
fourth quarter 19th century

Big Back, a Northern Cheyenne, is noted for depicting General R.S. Mackenzie's fight with the Cheyenne in the Big Horn Mountains on November 25, 1876.

See: Greene, Jerome A.  Morning Star Dawn: The Powder River Expedition and the Northern Cheyennes, 1876 (pg 204).

Provenance:Ex John Harstead; Ex Kirk Budd; From an Important Denver, Colorado Collector

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500


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