Offered for public purchase is this excellent authentic set of fully top beaded moccasins from the Gros Ventre Native American Indians of Northern Montana. The moccasins date to the first quarter of the 20th Century and show a museum quality construction. The circa 1900 set is sinew and trade thread sewn, a true attribute to its early age. The set show an Indian tanned Great American Bison Buffalo hide parfleche sole with sinew sewn thick Buffalo hide top having exceptional early period correct glass trade seed beadwork in a fantastic traditional geometric design. The beads include such colors as chalk white, corn yellow, cobalt, medium green, orange, and red white hearts. The moccasins show a very fine geometric pattern in a desirable Buffalo track design. The set shows a very fine construction and large size along with little bead loss. The moccasins show the correct patina and age to be from circa 1900 including a fine worn foot print on the sole (the sole has separated slightly on the left example and is separated at the toes on the other example). The set also shows a fine beaded bifurcated (forked) tongue. The Gros Ventre Indian tribe (also referred to as the A'ani, A'aninin, Haaninin, and Atisina) are a Algonquian speaking people from the North Central Montana region. The Gros Ventre's migrated to Montana in the 18th Century due to pressure from the Ojibwe Indians. Measures overall 10.5"L sole that is 4.25" across approx. The heel is 4.25"H when elevated. Provenance: From a Northwestern Montana collection. A similar quality set of Gros Ventres moccasins from the 19th Century was sold for $3,900 at our 8/5/2017 auction.
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