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Late 18th C. American Steel Knife - Owned by Blue Duck

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Late 18th C. American Steel Knife - Owned by Blue Duck

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North America, United States, Oklahoma, ca. early 1870s to 1884 CE. A forged-steel knife purportedly once owned by a famous Oklahoma outlaw named Bluford "Blue" Duck. The knife has a tapered, single-edged blade with a narrow point on the end, petite quillons that comprise the T-shaped hand guard, and a pair of wooden panels set into the recessed handle cavities. Blue Duck, born in the Cherokee nation as Sha-con-gah, began riding with various gangs across the Oklahoma frontier in the early 1870s and committed crimes such as armed robberies and cattle rustling. Mr. Duck and William Christie shot a farmer and the horse of a Cherokee boy on June 23, 1884, and he was sentenced to life in prison at Menard Penitentiary in Chester, Illinois. Blue Duck is most famous for a photograph he took with well-known female outlaw Belle Starr in 1886. Size: 10.2" L x 2.375" W (25.9 cm x 6 cm)

Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection; ex-Steve Cox collection, Van Buren, Arkansas, USA, acquired in 2017

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#154062
Condition
Loss to half of one side of wooden handle. Very slight bending to overall form of blade, with minor abrasions to blade and handle, and small nicks to wooden handle. Nice patina throughout.
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Late 18th C. American Steel Knife - Owned by Blue Duck

Estimate $4,000 - $5,500
Apr 23, 2020
Starting Price $2,500
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Lot 0141 Details

Description
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North America, United States, Oklahoma, ca. early 1870s to 1884 CE. A forged-steel knife purportedly once owned by a famous Oklahoma outlaw named Bluford "Blue" Duck. The knife has a tapered, single-edged blade with a narrow point on the end, petite quillons that comprise the T-shaped hand guard, and a pair of wooden panels set into the recessed handle cavities. Blue Duck, born in the Cherokee nation as Sha-con-gah, began riding with various gangs across the Oklahoma frontier in the early 1870s and committed crimes such as armed robberies and cattle rustling. Mr. Duck and William Christie shot a farmer and the horse of a Cherokee boy on June 23, 1884, and he was sentenced to life in prison at Menard Penitentiary in Chester, Illinois. Blue Duck is most famous for a photograph he took with well-known female outlaw Belle Starr in 1886. Size: 10.2" L x 2.375" W (25.9 cm x 6 cm)

Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection; ex-Steve Cox collection, Van Buren, Arkansas, USA, acquired in 2017

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#154062
Condition
...
Loss to half of one side of wooden handle. Very slight bending to overall form of blade, with minor abrasions to blade and handle, and small nicks to wooden handle. Nice patina throughout.

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