The lot features an original scarcely seen piece of beadwork from the Anishinaabe Native American Indian people from Canada and dating to circa 1890. The piece shows a fully beaded geometric and floral pattern done in all period correct early glass trade seed beads. The seed beads include such wonderful colors as chalk white, sky padre blue, greasy yellow, butterscotch yellow, Cheyenne pink, semi-transparent green, green, red, red white hearts, and more. The piece is in the typical bandolier (bandoleer) bag design with a wide strap and large square bag that would have been worn to the side. The bage shows some slight bead loss, but overall displays very well. The piece is artfully beaded with a fancy whimsical border. The bag is constructed of early calico trade clothe with a red stroud trade clothe edging. Provenance: The piece was sold by Cowan's Auction Inc. where it was found to be an authentic example. Anishinaabe beadwork is very scarce with few examples being brought to sale such as the Bandolier Bag sold by Cowan's in April 2018for $7,000 and the Bandolier bag sold by Cowan's in the same sale for $1,800. Other similar examples with less prominent craftsmanship and beadwork have sold at Allard Auction in 2010 for $5,400, at Jackson’s Auction in 2004 for $5,000, at Cowan’s Auction in 2013 for $7,200, and as high as $43,200 at Cowan’s Auction 2014. This is truly a wonderful authentic example of a fine 1870’s Chippewa Bandolier Bag. Measures overall 36 inches in length.
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