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unknown Ojibwa
Ojibwa Primary

Knife Case

18th century
Leather, metal, and quills

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 70.E1.12
Other Number(s): 24328 (The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Number)
Geography: North and Central America, Possibly Canada
Classification: Unclassifiable Artifacts; Multiple Use Artifacts
Culture/Nationality: Ojibwa, Native American
Collection: William S. Vaux Collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

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  • knife cases - A case made for storing or transporting a knife or knives, which are a cutting tools. The case is often made of wood, leather, metal, or plastic. It can be a simple sheath for a single knife. The term may also refer to a specialized container for multiple pieces of cutlery; such knife cases were placed in pairs on a sideboard or buffet in the dining room. This type of knife case first appeared in the 17th century in Europe and North America; it was originally covered with leather and elaborate gilt. Typically, it was a box with a serpentine front and sloping lid, the interior fitted with compartments for the knives. In the late 18th century knife cases were also made in the shape of urns and were veneered in wood (first walnut and later mahogany) and sometimes decorated with silver mountings.
  • leather - The skin or hide of an animal that has been tanned to render it resistant to putrefication and relatively soft and flexible when dry. For composite material made from scrap leather pieces, use "maril."
  • Native American - Typically reserved to refer narrowly to the cultures of the native peoples of the United States and Canada, excluding the Eskimos and Aleuts. For the indigenous peoples of Canada use the term "First Nations." For the broader concept of the cultures of any native peoples of Central America, South America, North America, or the West Indies who are considered to belong to the Mongoloid division of the human species, use "Amerindian (culture)."
  • Ojibwa - Refers to the culture of the Ojibwa, Algonquian-speaking Indians who historically lived along the northern shore of Lake Huron and both shores of Lake Superior from what is now Minnesota to the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota, as well as from southern Saskatchewan to Quebec in Canada. Today, Ojibwa communities exist in several different tribes across the Great Lakes region in the United States and Canada.

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