Sword that was used by the Sioux in the Battle of Little Big Horn. Length has of blade is 21”. The blade has seven curves and has a snake imprinted on both sides. Made of iron? The width of the top of the blade is 1 1/2”. The handle is made of wood. It is 4 1/4” long and total width is 2 1/2”.
My father grew up next to a descendant of the Sioux Indians. He gave the sword to my father because the man had no children. This would have happened around 1950. My father and the Sioux Indian lived in North Topeka, Kansas. He told my father that the sword had been used in the Battle of Little Big Horn. That is all the information that I have.
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The presented object appears to be a combined blade weapon. The blade appears to be from Indonesia and is comparable in its wavy blade shape to Kris daggers. The handle appears to be European or American made especially with the handle and the handguard. It appears to be made in the second half of the 19th century or later. On the blade an etching in the shape of a snake is visible. The background of this weapon is unclear. It is possible that trough trade the kris dagger blade came to America and was added with this Western-style handle. If it was in use by Native Americans or Western persons is not possible to say.
This piece is in medium condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 100 to 200 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.
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