Pipestone letter opener with fish motif

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Titles Pipestone letter opener with fish motif
Description A pipestone letter opener, possibly Dakota, with handle carved in a fish form with decorative borders and designs down center of blade, circa the mid- to late 19th century.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 9 1/4 inches length (repaired)
1 1/8 inches width
7/16 inches depth
Nomenclature letter opener
Materials catlinite
Creation Made by (possibly): Dakota Indians
Made in (possibly): Minnesota, United States
Subjects Owned/used by: Whipple, Henry Benjamin
Indian. Art
Office Equipment & Supplies. Desk Accessories. Letter Openers & Scissors
Dates Creation: Approximately 1860 - Approximately 1901 (Date range based on time Bishop Whipple spent in Minnesota working for various government commissions for Indian Affairs)
Credit Line Gift of the Sibley House Association of the Minnesota Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 1575 (Accession Number)

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