Knife sheath and knife - ROM2005_5632_1


Knife sheath and knife

Maker: Probably Blackfoot
Medium:Hide, beads, steel, mother-of-pearl
Geography: Alberta, Canada
Date: c. 1875
15 × 86 cm
Object number: NS36351
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture

The cultural attribution is based on the structure of the sheath and its decoration.

Came from William Armstrong's collection. Armstrong (1822 – 1914), was an artist and close friends with William Napier and Humphrey Lloyd Hime, both members of the Red River Exploring Expeditions of 1857 and 1858. Hime was also a partner with Armstrong as owners of Armstrong, Beere & Hime, one of Canada's first photographic studios. Armstrong, however, may not have traveled beyond present-day Ontario so we can not be certain that he was the original collector, particularly of the Plains Indian objects.

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