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
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"
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.
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"