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Elk Antler Hide Scraper

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1951A3.3
Collection:Ethnography - North America
Date:1800 - 1900

Maker Information

Maker:Plains - View history


Scrapers of this kind, fashioned from the thick section of an elk antler, were traditionally used by Indian women from the North American Plains for scraping animal hides. An iron or steel blade was attached to the L-shaped end and secured by means of rawhide thongs. The handle was often marked with a series of incised lines and / or dots to indicate the number of hides tanned.

Transferred from the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Elk antler.
Place of Origin:United States of America


Height:335 mm
Width:135 mm
Diameter:45 mm