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Chip Carved Crooked Knife

"Crooked" Knives were made by Indians, as well as by hunters, loggers and trappers in the the Northeast U.S. and Nova Scotia. They were used for work that required pulling the knife toward the holder . . . splitting wood for basket splint, cutting hide for lacings and for skinning animals.

Crooked knives are relatively rare, and value is largely determined by the originality of the carving. This one, a fine example of American Folk Art was found in Maine and is one of the best. The chip carving is very well thought out to give depth and dimension to the piece and it is very well done. Hearts were always a popular motif among those men who spent their time in lonesome occupations that necessitated their being separated from their loved ones for long periods of time. The carving on this knife is exceptional. The high spots on the handle have been polished to a subtle sheen through years of usage. It is signed with the initials "J L S" on the back of the handle. The bottom of the handle is wrapped with copper wire to hold the blade.
The knife is 9-3/4" long and is in excellent condition.

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