Early Crooked Knife with Carved Wooden Hand Possibly Native American Late 19th - early 20th Century.
A beautifully carved depiction of a curled hand/fist. The fingertips even have fingernails. Possibly carved from maple.
"The crooked knife sometimes referred to as a "curved knife", "carving knife," or "mocotaugan," from the Cree term "môhkotâkan," is a woodworking knife, typically with a curved end. The crooked knife is a common tool found amongst the native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands as well as non-native woodworkers." Wikipedia
Approximate Dimensions: Length 8-1/2" x 2" across the knuckles.
Condition: No apparent restoration or repairs noted. Patina as expected from age and use. The blade is slightly loose in the wood.