double hide thongs are strung with amber and cobalt beads, and 17 bear claws, length 38 in. ca 1900
Included are copies of collections notes and history:
(typed) No. 92
Bear Claw Necklace - Chippewa
Has 17 large light brown claws, 1/4" blue trade beads and 1/2" trade amber colored glass beads in between claws.
From collection of Senator Henry M. Rice of Minn. Purchased form his daughter, Mrs. M. Auerbach of St. Paul, in 1938.
(in manuscript) Ojibwa Bear Claw Necklace From the collection of senator Henry M Rice of Minn who wrote the Chippewa Treaty of 1863. He was commissioner to the Ojibwa in 1889. Bot from his daughter Mrs. M. Auerbach, and elderly at St. Paul lady in 1938. This arranged by her daughter Mrs. __ Rice Elliot who was employed at Mpls. Institute Arts, Mpls Minn at that time.
Provenance: Monroe Killy (1910-2010), Minnesota; From a Minnesota Collector