Inuit Fossilized Walrus Ivory Knife 18th Century

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Inuit Fossilized Walrus Ivory Knife 18th Century
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Made available for public purchase is this exquisite Inuit Eskimo Native American Indian knife showing fossilized ivory grips. The knife shows a European forged metal blade that is well rusted which was traded to the Inuit tribe, at which point it was adorned with these exceptional fossilized ivory grips. The grips show a fossilized walrus tusk ivory that has a wonderful mix of light to rich dark coloring and is covered in a carved round “bullseye” like design. The knife has an ancient age and dates to the 18th Century. The blade would have been traded to the Inuit people from the Moravian Church Missionaries as they were known to provide the tribes with iron and basic material during the 18th Century. Provenance: From the Historical Native American Artifacts and Weapons private museum collection in Paris, France. One of the earliest Inuit Knives known to be sold at auction. Measures 5.75”L with a 2.5”L blade.