Few frontier collector items carry quite the visual appeal of a traditional tribal neck knife and quilled sheath. This year’s CLF Live Fundraising Auction will fortunately offer a stunning example by artists Elizabeth Ashlee and Linda Pritchard.
Ashlee’s knife, measuring 6 1/2 inches long, is hand forged from a vintage hay rake tine. It’s a strong but graceful blade paired with an antler handle. Fitted with a poured pewter bolster and coin silver end cap, this is a fine collector’s-grade knife but will also stand up to the job of heavy field work.
Ashlee’s knife is paired with an intricately-decorated quilled neck sheath by Linda Pritchard. Crafted from brain-tanned leather, this Great Lakes-inspired tribal sheath is adorned with dyed porcupine quills, hand-rolled tin cones, and dyed tufts of deer tail hair. Overall, the sheath measures 7 ½” in length.
For more information on the work of the artists, contact them directly:
Elizabeth Ashlee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Pritchard: email@example.com
Text by Joshua Shepherd
Photography by David Wright
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