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Posted 7 years ago


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This is a piece I got at a estate sale. I believe it is made of bone. It is a little over 4 inch's long with a width at the widest point being a 1/2 inch. The point as well as all sides are rounded off. The leather strap is 3/4 inch wide and your finger can slide into it. There are no other holes aside from the two where the strap passes through. Any help to it's use would be great. Thanks.

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  1. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 7 years ago
    I am no expert but I have seen native american artifacts like this used to scrape and clean hides. It's too small to be a weapon.
  2. jsw14 jsw14, 7 years ago
    Vontrike, I would check out artifacts from Eskimo's. As they are known for their Bone carving tools.... Hope this helps....
  3. Vontrike Vontrike, 7 years ago
    Thanks, I appreciate any leads. I just found this site and hope to learn a lot from everyone here.
  4. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 7 years ago

    Not saying that's what it is, but it would work.
  5. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 7 years ago
    I am aware it has a blade attached to it. When I was in school for Native American Studies we saw several of these, with and without the blades attached.
  6. Vontrike Vontrike, 7 years ago
    Whalebone sewing tool is what it is. Thanks
  7. Linda Slayden, 7 years ago
    it is a corn husker. used to husk corn.
  8. BIGMIKE, 7 years ago
    I think it is a tool used for sewing and repairing fishing nets.
  9. tfaulk13, 6 years ago
    Yes, it is for repairing fishing nets. Also for repairing the netting in crab and lobster pots. They are still used to this day by modern fishermen, not just native eskimos.
  10. James James, 6 years ago
    It is either a FID or a corn husking tool
    The above page has one that looks a lot like yours.

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