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Knife and Sheath

Red River Cree-Metis


ca. 1830-40

Hide, porcupine and bird quills, glass beads

length: 12" (30.48 cm)

width: 3 ¼"

Inventory # CW4314-124

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Collected by the Bishop of Montreal George Jehoshophat Mountain, Anglican Bishop of Quebec (1789-1863), in 1844 at Fort Garry, Manitoba

By descent to Mountain's great grandson, Colonel A.J. Kerry, O.B.E. of the Royal Canadian Engineers (1906-1996)

In his travel journal of July 10, 1844 Mountain notes:

"the day was spent loading specimens of Indian workman-ship and formed no trifling addition to our baggage...Indian women were busy up to the last moment in finishing some trifling token of remembrance...they work in beadwork, embroidery with silk, dyed hair of moose, porcupine quills...The Fire-bags, which are sometimes of leather and trimmed with fur, are usually very richly and minutely wrought...The beauty, nicety, and correctness of the fancy-work executed by the women, contrasts strangely with the extreme rudeness of performance which I have seen..."

Phillips, London, 7/1/96, lot 273
Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
Private collection, Toronto, Ontario


National Museum of Man, Cat. No. V-Z-4 - See: Bo'jou , Neejee!", Brasser, National Museum of Man, 1976, pg. 174, pl. 188

Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, Toronto, 2005, 30-31

The British Museum, London , Cat. No. 1949 AM 22.134 - See: The Spirit Sings, Glenbow Museum, Mclelland and Stewart, 1987, pg. 82, pl. P51

Pouch CW4314-126

Cree or Chipewayan

Western Great Lakes

ca. 1790-1810
Knife and Sheath CW4314-119

Red River Cree


ca. 1840