The knife, c.1870's, of classic large skinning knife type as saw extensive us in the Westward expansion. 8 3/8" blade surface rusted obscuring marks if any. The well-worn wood grip replaced during its working life, mounted slightly skewed to the blade and decorated with copper and brass tacks. Black leather scabbard with reinforced throat. The seam secured with two rows of brass tacks See The Knife in Homespun America, 1K-14 for similar. Scabbard supple with crackled surface and evidently later than the knife, though likely made for it.