Iroquois ladle carved from maple burl or cherry, depicting an underwater panther. Underwater panthers are considered power or medicine objects.
5" high, 4 1/4" wide
A Sioux saddle blanket with Morning star motifs on canvas backing. Sinew beaded in red white hearts, blue, green, white and steel cut seed beads. Excellent condition.
size: 28" w, 75" length.
A very early Kiowa Comanche Shield on buffalo hide. Worn on the back of a warrior as protective medicine.
A very fine Blackfeet Crazy Dog Rattle ornamented with ermine tail and beaver or otter fur. Six hawk bells.
10 1/2" long, without drop
c. 19th Century
Kiowa Painted Child's Tipi, by Bufflao Forehead, also known as Charley Ohettoint and Charley Buffalo.
This child's tipi on buffalo hide is a wonderful example of Native American plains art. The children's tipis are extremely rare and this example is in pristine condition.
24" high with lodge poles, 18" diameter
Hair roach made of Porcupine guard hair and red dyed deer hair. Roach base made of woven and dyed deer hair. Excellent condition, provided with stand.
Roach: 12" length x 10 " wide
21" height on stand
Sauk & Fox War Whistle, possibly made from reed or Osage Orange wood. See Penn Univ Museum Vol IV No 2 Plate XXIX image 867.1 for reference.
17 inches with buckskin case.
c. 19th Century
Black trade cloth, trimmed with greasy yellow beads. Fine patina on wood. Commercial leather strip.
32" long including strap, handle and cloth.
Navajo medicine rattle made with a wood handle, wrapped in leather and painted with red pigment. Deer hooves (dew claws) are hung with leather strips and the bottom terminates with buffalo fur.
Length each 10 1/2"
An extremely rare artifact; one of the first we have had in over 10 years. Made with bent wood frame and rawhide, with pebbles inside. Design on both sides.
12" long, 8 1/2" wide
late 19th century
Plains Dance Rattle (possibly Sioux) with ochred yellow intestine hoop. Tin cone and red feathers attached to rattle's head. Wood shaft covered with red painted cotton fabric and wrapped with sinew.
Horse tail ( measuring 39") attached to bottom of handle.
wand 24", overall length 68"
date: c. 1880s
Navajo Silver Bridle, c. 1880s
A Beautiful Navajo Silver bridle hand fashioned with handmade and stamped silver. A traditional Naja
hangs from the browband. The leather is original to the bridle. Includes wall mount.
size;19" long, 6" wide
c. Early 20th Century
An unusual cribbage board depicting two men arm-wrestling. Also, a seal, walrus, polar bear devouring a seal, a fox carrying a bird, and another seal. Traces of polychrome. Verso: Four caribou, and an arctic bird carrying a rabbit to two baby birds.
23 1/4" long
Upper half is fully-beaded in a geometric design on a white beaded background. 19th century calico cloth has been used to wrap the bottom half. Top of carrier has a beaded rosette design.
Bannock Indian Tipi model made in the Great Basin area (Idaho, Oregon, Utah). Constructed with native tanned deerskin with Native Indian figures attached. Decorated with opaque seed beads and transparent cut glass beads.
19" tall, 12" deep
Rare Northeastern-Midwestern hand-hewn bowl. The vast size and specimen quality of the ash burl is exceptional. The turned form has a subtle stepped exterior dictated by two incised bands. Typical with many burl vessels and especially bowls of this scale it has a few natural inclusions- these have period fills of natural tree resin- an effective and beautiful resolve to these voids.
Bowls of this scale are typically associated with Native American feast and food preparations bowls. Personally, having studied well over one thousand North American ash burl bowls, it is my experience that bowls of this scale and quality are not only desirable, but few and far between.
Measurements: 23 1/2" Diameter x 8 1/2" High
c. 19th century
Black velvet purse with inset beaded panles on both sides with floral patterns in white, green, blue, pumpkin, pink and red beads and silk tassle at the end, with a decorative metal clasp and chain.
8" wide x 13" long including tassel.
A vintage pueblo drum made of cottonwood and painted in colors of red and black. The drums is painted with a sacred white buffalo on the rawhide head. Excellent condition with beater.
Size: 13" x 13"
price: $ 1,250.00
c. 19th Century
Made from elk horn and an old wagon leaf spring, bent and held in place by hide strips.
Nine hash marks on side (Buffalo hunts?)
Old museum inventory number.
length 12 1/2", width 6"
the vent hole. The shell appears to have a natural finish that has darkened with time. It bears an American eagle breasted with a red, white, & blue shield surmounted with white clouds. A twisted scroll is held in the eagle's beak. Traditional olive branch & arrows are clutched in the talons. The top batter head & bottom snare gate were painted, & possibly over-painted, in the 19th century. Each hoop has one seam held with nails. The drumheads, rope and ear tugs have been professionally replaced.
The maker's label is visible through the vent hole reads: "John Ashton & Company, Music, Umbrella, Parasol and Cane Store, No. 97 Washington St. Near the old south Church, Boston".
John Ashton was in business from 1818 to 1843.
Shell: height: 12", diameter: 16½"
Gold rush period, Eskimo dog sled made from baleen. Extremely rare. The finest detail right down to the walrus ivory runners.
27" long, 5 1/4" wide, 9" high
c. 19th Century
Navajo rattle with top portion incised with lightning strikes on each side. Incised rectangles on each side of rattle, trimmed with buffalo tail.
9 1/2" long
This canoe was built by Native Americans in the early 1970’s. It is an authentic reproduction of an 18th-19th century canoe. The style is commonly referred to as long-nose and built by Ojibway Indians.
The bark canoes of the North American Indians, particularly those of birch bark, were among the most highly developed of manually propelled primitive watercraft. Built with Stone Age tools from materials available in the areas of their use, their design, size, and appearance were varied so as to create boats suitable to the many and different requirements of their users. The great skill exhibited in their design and construction shows that a long period of development must have taken place before they became know to white men.
Hair roach made of Porcupine guard hair and red and yellow dyed deer hair. Roach foundation of woven and dyed deer hair. Excellent condition, on stand.
Roach: 7" x 12", height on stand 20" tall