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PostSubject: AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY   April 11th 2018, 3:08 pm

AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY


Over the years we have dealt in Native American items from weapons, camp items (cooking mostly) to their fancy war shirts, leggings, beautiful dresses and beltage. My one grandfather really liked the clothing while my father liked everything connected with these people. Personally I liked the weapons and the war shirts over the other items we had collected.

Cowan’s Auctions have been in operation since the 1977, kind of the new kid on the block but Wes Cowan has been a collector since early childhood, he began collecting the only thing he could afford: photographs of 19th century America. Wes joined the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History as Curator of Archaeology in 1984. Along the way, he kept building his knowledge of early photography and the history it captured. In his spare time, Wes was soon buying, selling and trading with collectors and holding mail and phone ‘auctions’ from a makeshift office in his garage. In1995 he left the museum, became a licensed auctioneer and launched Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. Wes quickly built a reputation as an expert who brought a new level of scholarship and honesty to the arena. Over the next few years the business grew rapidly as Cowan’s added expertise in American Indian Art, Furniture, Paintings and Decorative Art, Jewelry, Antique Firearms and 20th century Modern Ceramics. Cowan’s attracts buyers from around the globe and takes pride in our reputation for integrity, customer service and great results.

We don’t have much personal experience with Cowan’s other than their website watching the prices of items sold there to get an idea of what your collection may be worth. Can remember if my father sold them anything or not. This one of many that we use, they have the no-how and can come pretty close to what value you should use on what you have for selling, buying or having insured. Don’t short yourself or price something to high over current market value (idea of its worth). I’ve done that one several times and never did get my price and was real disappointed in its true value.

There are several good web sources to keep an eye on for pricing your wares, all it takes is a little researching on the NET (best damn tool since going to the library 70 years ago).

I wouldn’t bore you with too much of these items that are probably of interest to only a few.
Buck

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PostSubject: Re: AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY   April 11th 2018, 3:14 pm

A'aninin (Gros Ventre) Beaded Hide War Shirt

thread and sinew-sewn on softly tanned hide; hide is rubbed with yellow pigment; hide strips affixed to arms, shoulders, and the bib are beaded using colors of pink, cobalt, white, and rose; hide thongs wrapped with wool and pericardium top ermine suspensions; red-dyed feathers and bison fur are attached to lower edge of ermine; otter skin trim sleeve cuffs and neck, length 33 in. x chest 40 in. fourth quarter 19th century.

  
Pictured in Walter McClintock's, The Old North Trail (1910: pg 458) and described as a Mad Dog Society shirt.

Walter McClintock (1870-1949), a photographer for the US government, spent 20 years on the Blackfeet Reservation and over this time, was adopted by Chief Mad Wolf. With his newly formed familial relations, McClintock observed and documented his experiences, ultimately publishing The Old North Trail. Through a tale told by Brings-down-the-Sun, a member of the Brave Dog Society, McClintock recorded the origin story of the Society, and places the Society's importance within the larger Blackfeet community.
 
MYSELF am a member of the Mutsaix, which has the reputation of being the most exacting of the Blackfeet societies. We have even been known to kill men, who refused to obey our orders... We formerly gave our dance, when the camp was to be moved. We first marched around, beating drums, and singing our society songs, and then we went to the centre of the camp, where we lay on the ground, curled up like dogs sleeping.

...Men did not join the Blackfeet societies for pleasure, but to fulfil vows, generally made because of sickness, or for some remarkable escape from danger. The leading societies ruled the camp and helped the chiefs to administer public discipline. They protected the tribes’ sources of food and secured equal opportunities for all. They strictly enforced the rule that private advantages must be surrendered to the public good. Under the exercise of such police regulations and the enjoyment by all of equal rights and a joint ownership of game and lands, no individual could claim or enjoy special privileges. The roaming herds of buffalo, a gift from the Great Spirit in the Sun, and their chief source of food and materials for shelter, were owned in common. The society-men alone had authority to decide when and how they should be hunted. If an Indian disregarded their authority, and hunted for himself alone, they followed him, forced him to return, and took away his horse and weapons. If his selfish hunting scared away the buffaloes, they punished him severely, destroying his saddle and tipi, stripping him of his clothes, and even whipping him (1910: 445-465).   

Although this shirt has been identified and published as Blackfeet by McClintock; the beadwork style suggests an A’aninin attribution, and possibly from Fort Belknap.  A similar shirt collected by Milford Chandler on the Fort Belknap Reservation has a white border edging the beaded strips, like this published example. A second example, also identified as A’aninin, and having similar characteristics, is curated at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2001.197)
Included is a first edition copy of The Old North Trail.
 
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium  $55,200   04/06/2018

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PostSubject: Re: AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY   April 11th 2018, 3:20 pm

Arapaho Beaded Hide Belt Pouch with Cornhusk Wrapped Slats

sinew-sewn and beaded on softly-tanned hide; triangular closing flap beaded in colors of white, cobalt, dark blue, pink, and greasy yellow and further embellished with tin cones; four German silver conchas are affixed to belt strap; ends of straps are beaded with differing designs and finished with rawhide slats wrapped with dyed corn husk, overall length 64 in. third quarter 19th century.
 

 
 
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium  $20,400  04/06/2018

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PostSubject: Re: AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY   April 11th 2018, 3:25 pm

Cheyenne Beaded Hide Tobacco Bag, Collected by W.L. Lydecker (b. 1862)

sinew-sewn, thick softly tanned hide; bar design on bag is beaded using colors of red white-heart, pea green, cobalt, light blue, and white; remnants of yellow pigment coats hide; thick, soft hide fringe hang from lower edge; overall length 23.5 in. ca 1885.

 


On March 1st, 1885, twenty-three-year-old W.L. Lydecker, found himself in Sumner, Kansas.  He had traveled from Illinois to the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Agency on private business.  As his Union Pacific employee pass states, Lydecker was a licensed watchmaker.  On March 17, 1885, he was given a 30-day permission to be on reservation lands.  The pass was signed off by Daniel B. Dyer, the short-lived replacement to General Nelson Miles.  Copies of the March 1, 1885, Kansas census page,Lydecker's Agency pass, and Union Pacific employee pass are included.
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium  $16,800  04/06/2018

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PostSubject: Re: AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY   April 11th 2018, 3:33 pm

Confederated Salish (Flathead) Beaded Hide Dress, From the Collection of Ronald Bainbridge, MI

thread-sewn softly tanned hide, with yoke fully beaded using colors of red white-heart, translucent green, light blue, yellow, pink, and dark blue; hide fringe strung with round beads and brass bells fall along bust line; overall length 48 in. x chest 52 in. early 20th century.

Included is a note of provenance:
This dress is from the Qua-Qua-Seh family from around Ronan. They are of the Salish tribe.  It dates from 1905- 1915. At a wake it was given to the Mary Left Hand family of Arlee.  The Left Hand Girls wore it until 1979.
 
 
Provenance: From the Collection of Ronald Bainbridge, MI
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium  $11,400  04/06/2018

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PostSubject: Re: AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY   April 11th 2018, 3:39 pm

Identified Ponca Beaded Hide War Shirt and Leggings

lot of 2, includes a thread and sinew-sewn hide war shirt; hide has remnants of yellow pigment with blue circular designs and red linear elements; hide strips placed on the arms and shoulders are beaded in colors of red, yellow, blue, and white; beaded American flags are situated on the lower hem; horse hair attached to hide thongs fall along sleeves; ermine embellishments; length 38 in. x chest width 44 in.; AND pair of hide leggings with remnants of yellow pigment; rows of beaded geometric designs line the bottom and back seams; length 33 in. late 19th century.

Included is a notarized letter attesting to the chain of custody: White Eagle's grandson, McKinley Horse Chief Eagle (son of Horse Chief Eagle) sold the described shirt and leggings to J.H Galanter of Galanter Loan Office, Kay County, Oklahoma. The Galanter Loan Office then sold the shirt to H.T. Lawrence in 1948.


White Eagle (Ponca, 1840-1914) was the hereditary leader among the Ponca Nation during the late 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. He guided the Ponca from their homeland in Nebraska to Indian Territory in Oklahoma, during their removal in 1877.  After the relocation, White Eagle helped rebuild the tribal dynamics and remained their leader for the next 50 years.  Before his death, he passed leadership to his son Horse Chief Eagle. (Bruce E. Johansen, "White Eagle," The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, www.okhistory.org (accessed February 09, 2018).
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium  $45,600 04/06/2018

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PostSubject: Re: AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY   April 11th 2018, 3:44 pm

Plateau Pony Beaded Hide Dress

thread and sinew-sewn on hide with fringed seams and edges; yellow pigment on the yoke with alternating rows of white and black pony beads; beaded row across the shoulders alternates between pony trader blue and white pony beads; red wool lines the neck opening; hide thongs strung with light and dark blue padre beads elegantly drapes from the yoke and bottom third of the dress; length 49 in. x chest width 42 in. ca 1870.


 


Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium  $19,200  04/06/2018

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PostSubject: Re: AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY   April 11th 2018, 3:49 pm

Sioux Boy's Beaded Hide War Shirt, Collected by Gustav (Gus) Sigel (1837-1923)

thread-sewn and beaded using colors of red white-heart, white, dark blue, and greasy yellow; beaded panels on arms and over shoulder are designed with stars and elongated and tapering rectangular elements; fringe falls from seams of arms and along sides, length 24 in. x chest 36 in. fourth quarter 19th century.
 

Provenance: Gustav (Gus) Sigel (1837-1923), a railroad worker in Montana, assembled the collection between 1880-1900. He moved from Montana to New York. The collection has been passed down through the family.
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PostSubject: Re: AMERICAN INDIAN CLOTHING COSTS TODAY   April 11th 2018, 3:53 pm

I'll stop here about what today's prices are with the antiques of old, no different than that '32 Ford Roaster selling for $450.00 new (still have the sales slip on my mother's new car) and now a correct restored one bringing $30K plus today - sameo sameo.  Fun and interesting things to look at.

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