Rare and Important Eastern Ojibwa (Saulteau) War Chief's Turban-Headdress, c. 1840s, the stiff foundation, probably rawhide, covered with brain-tanned deerskin, embroidered with multicolored porcupine quillwork, and painted with six totemic black bears done in Chinese vermillion, at the front is a loom-beaded panel done with exceedingly small Venetian trade beads, ht. 12, wd. of turban 2 3/8 in.
Provenance: Collected by Captain Reymond Hervey de Montmorency, third Viscount Frankfurt de Montmorency.
Note: The original feathers were left with a caretaker in Ireland and exact replicas made using domestic goose primaries. "Hundreds of such headdresses were worn by Indian warriors during the French and Indian War (1754-1783), the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), Tecumseh's War (1811), and The War of 1812 (1812-15). This is the only one known to survive anywhere in the world."
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