Red River Ojibwa Knife and Sheath Daggers of this type were manufactured in England or Scotland for the western Canadian fur trade during the early decades of the 19th century. Their hand-carved handles of horn or bone always show brass and bone discs around the rivets that hold the steel blade in place. It seems that Fort Garry, present-day Winnipeg, was the major distribution point of these well-crafted knives, for most of the knife sheaths were decorated with loom-woven quillwork of Red River Ojibwa type and/or the delicate floral quillwork in which the local Metis women specialized. The great quality of both knives and sheaths as well as their relative rarity may confirm John Painter's suggestion that these were indeed presentation pieces for important Native customers of the Hudson's Bay Company. In the identification of their origin, most of these items have fallen victim to the prevailing, but mistaken notion that all this loom-woven quillwork was produced by Cree or Chipewyan Indians. Sotheby's 1992, lot 118; Vincent 1995a, p.43.
Physical dimensions: 
height 14 in, width 4.5 in, depth .75
height 14 in, width 2.75 in, depth .5 in