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Knife Case18th 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 (?)
Collection: William S. Vaux Collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
This object has the following keywords:
- 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."
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