Very rare and original, ca1870's Native American Plains Indian Hand Made Elk Antler Hide Scraper / Flesher with tack and screw decoration / embellishment on the end. This massive and outstanding, early Native American Hide Scraper measures approx.11 3/4" long and features a period, pencil inscription on the handle that reads "Untka" - this appears to be in Lakota Sioux as "tka" translates as "to scrape in the Lakota language. Although we are unsure of the Plains Indian Tribe that this Massive Hide Scraper / Flesher was associated with, this inscription appears to imply that it is Lakota Sioux in origin. The butt end of the Scraper has a number of iron tack and screw decorations / embellishments as well as some holes that attest to the fact that this end was originally completely covered with these hardened iron embellishment! When originally used, this outstanding 19th century Flesher would have had an iron blade affixed to the crooked scraper end using sinew strips. While in the past we have owned much smaller Native American Indian Hide Scrapers, this is the first of these very large, Elk Antler Hide Scrapers that we have had the pleasure to own and offer.
These were used to prepare large hides for teepees, clothing and other uses by the Native American Indians of the Plains. We have always admired these types of items and took the plunge into an area where we had not ventured often before.
The Native American Plains Indian Hide Scraper / Flesher offered here is unconditionally guaranteed original and of the period. It is NOT a reproduction or modern recreation but an original 19th century Native American Hide Scraper crafted in the mid to late 19th century. The Hide Scraper comes with our no questions asked return privilege and our lifetime guarantee of authenticity. It is guaranteed to be deemed authentic, original and as described by any qualified third party authentication service. This very rare and massive, ca1870's Native American Plains Indian Hide Scraper is in very good condition.
The Scraper is sound and strong with a weathered, dry surface patina but no significant damage and no repairs of any kind. As stated above, some of the screw and tack embellishments on the butt end have been lost but many still remain.
A very rare and fascinating, ca1870's (or earlier) Native American Indian Elk Antler Hide Scraper / Flesher and a fantastic addition to any collection!! The item "Ca1870s NATIVE AMERICAN SIOUX INDIAN ELK ANTLER HIDE SCRAPER / FLESHER LARGE" is in sale since Friday, April 22, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "walnutts" and is located in Brewster, Massachusetts.
This item can be shipped worldwide.