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Moccasins belonging to Wirlwind Soldier

19th c. Sioux Gunstock War Club

This exceptional club has a Morning Star cut out and the shoulders of the blade have been filed down. Morning Star symbolizes hope and guidance. it has meanins related to past spirits and ancestors. By using the symbol they might gain the powerof the spirits to perform great exploits in hunting and war.
The club has an atalope hide wrap for grip and lighting power marks carved into the handle.

19th c. N. Plains Knife Case and 5 pin Trade Knife

Crow Mans Elk Hide Wearing Robe / Blanket Strip ca 1870's

Rare Three Blade Gunstock Club

H. E. Leman Tacked Indian Trade Rifle

Exceptional Indian gun with a dragonfly tacked into the stock, and a small engraved pictograph of a thunderbird in the brass patch box.

Sioux Childs Beaded Vest ca. 1890

Sioux Shield ca 19th c.

Morning star painted on yellow ochred hide.

Lakota Pipe Tomahawk ca. 1860's - 1870's

Exceptional pipe tomahawk with finely carved and painted haft. The patina is a mellow golden color with brass tacks, brass wire and file burned accents.
The drop is original and has brass french trade beads. This is a Extremely Fine work of art, with all the bells and whistles. the intake is a rim fire henry shell case, that dates to the 1870’s.

Captured Pictographic Indian Winchester Carbine 1866

Intials most likely from a Army/Cavalry trooper have been carved into the reciever after a warrior had engraved a horse and grizzly bear into the brass. The rocker engraving is early Plain Indian done, most likely Crow or Lakota, The winchester pre dates the custer battle, and judging by the intials put in after it was rocker engraved, leads one to believe it was captured.

Northern Cheyenne Tobacco Bag ca 1870 's

The Parfleche slats were never quilled and are  early buffalo hide with heavy dark dermis and patina.

Dakota Pipe Tomahawk ca. 1870's- 1880's

Detail Photo

19th Century Plains Indian Stone War Clubs

Indian Wars Period Moccasins

Acoma olla ca. 1900 - 1920

Ft. Peck Sioux War Shirt ca. 1880's

Nice early War shirt  ca 1880’s on a very fine thin indian tanned antelope hide. Two piece construction, sinew sewn and great early bead stripes.

100% all original to the piece.

Hide is very fine, lightweight, slightly fragile because of the weight of the beads.
very nice shirt!

Indian Guns

  1. Cut down rifle with indian made ram rod.
    Shows signs of rawhide wrap and tacks.
    Rifle is in relic condition.
  2. 1841-1842 Rifle.
    This indian gun collected off the Lower Brule, shows great patina, repairs and is a good example of an Indian gun from the period. The tacks are cast square shank tacks, few of them look to be round, shows great age. The rawhide wrap is sinew sewn but has split at the seams from age. The stock was also repaired with copper. Great Gun.
  3. 1841 Springfield cut down and tacked.
    This came out of a very old museum in Montana. Charging Bear Museum.
    Shows great age and patina and the barrel is etched or filed on the end as a sign of ownership or design element.
  4. Cut Down Remington Rolling Block.
    This is an 1874 model with the barrel cut down using a file turned on its edge.
    Honest wear and tacks, shows hard use.
  1. 1864 Parker Snow
    Cut down and shows heavy saddle wear. (olmost worn down to the barrel through ram rod. The repairs are old and has just a couple old tacks.
    The butt plate was removed and the gun is worn smooth. Came out of old Cavalry Museum in South Dakota.
  2. 1863 cut down rifle.
    shows great heavy use, file marks and awesome patina. The stock was crudely cut with a knife and then filed. great Indian hard use. lots of cast tacks, and an odd repair with the for-stock from a different gun. heavy use and old repairs.
  3. Third modle Winchester ca 1881
    Found on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation near Lame Deer. Out of John Dumontt estate. He wrote the book on Custer Battle Guns. Shows heavy use and lots of saddle wear. Has a nice honest frontier patina from heavy use.

Sharps 1859 Carbine Indian Gun

Sharps model 1859 Carbine
Great Honest Indian Carbine with heavy, heavy frontier use. Shows deep saddle wear and the wood has been worn down around the front ring. The tacks were worn off or just small tacks, but show great patina and slick smooth wear from years of hard use. the gun functions fine, a Great example of an indian gun, That saw lots of Indian War action.
Awesome example of a early Indian Gun.

Apache War Shirt ca. 1890

Apache Shirt ca.
1890 sinew sewn and beaded with 1890’s era beads. red beads are transparent.
Red, and beads are in great shape, no bead loss.
Nice old patina on brain tanned hide with tabs and elbow fringe.

Plains Quilled Tepi Bag ca. 1870-1880's

The photo shows a similar bag inside a tepi ca mid 19th century.

19th century Tepi Backrest and Carved poles from Two Guns White Calf

Crow or Blackfeet Scout Shirt ca 1860 - 1870

Crow or Blackfeet scout shirt ca. 1860-1870
The shirt was sold years ago through Fenn Gallery and still has the tag.
Nice shape with no noticeable bead loss. Has nice frontier look, and lots of patina.

Early Scout Shirt and Pants ca. 1860'- 1870's s (or earlier)

  1. This scout shirt and Pants was very heavily used. Shows horseback wear throughout the pants. just like the scout in the famous painting by Frederick Remington, this saw frontier use, and looks identical to the one in the painting. Some military buttons on cuffs, but earlier ones as well. nice fringe that retains soft feel.
  2. Sioux Trade Wool Leggings ca. 1870-1880
    Nice leggings with metal sequins, great bead stripes and the blue stroud trade wool, in perfect condition. The sripes are sinew/thread sewn with rose heart red beads.

Indian weapons

  1. Cut down rare Remington Maynard tape conversion.
    The gun started out as a post Rev. war era rifle then traded out west and cut down by an American indian. to be used as a shotgun, or “Blanket Gun”.
    The cut down stock is crudely done and shows heavy use. Old old cut down, probably 1860-s or earlier, with the amount of patina. The stock has copper nails in it, on two sides, but Im not sure as to the date of the nails.
    Nice Indian gun with a rare style primer.
  2. Nice Early Sioux Knife Sheath with orig. knife.
    The Knife Case was collected on Pine Ridge and has old newspaper Article inside loosly describing the knife as a gift. nice early buffalo hide with parfleche liner.
    Knife is sharpened only on one side, the early Indian Way.

Plains Indian Mans Breastplate ca. 19thc.

  1. Wide early Sioux bow very similar to the one in the photo of Chief Gall. Painted geen on the front and striped with natural red and blue paint on the reverse.
    original string, plus one buffalo era arrow that came with.
  2. Early N. Plains re -curve bow ca. 1840- 1860’s with sinew on the front of the bow. dark patina, original sinew string.
  3. 1860-1870s stone war club with red vermillion rubbed on the rawhide shaft. longer handle for fighting horseback, some beadwork at the top and around the stone.
  4. 1860-1870’s Sioux Straight bow published in a book in the 50’s – 60’s ex miles collection. pictured in the book, and covered with heavy mellow patina. nice thick ashe war bow.
  5. Northern Plains ashe bow ca. 1860-1870
    No string, but heavy smooth patina and great curved shape. 650.00

Moccasins and Plains Beaded Items

  1. Red Sioux Moccasins ca 1890
  2. Cheyenne woman’s moccasins with leggings ca 1880
  3. Blacfeet Leggings ca. 1890
    From the collection of a well known artist, the leggings are soft with great wide fringe.
  4. Blue background Sioux Kife case with Knife. the case is ca. 1880’s on buffalo hide.
    Sinew sewn, with drop and tin cones, red horse hair.
    Nice “dragon fly” design on the front.
  5. Sioux beaded child’s moccasins
    “Cerimonial” beaded on the bottoms
    Sinew and thread sewn ca 1880-1890
  6. Cheyenne partial beaded moccasins on very soft brain tanned antalope smoked tanned hide. ca 1870-1890’s
  7. Crow Lumpwood Society quirt ca 1890- 1900
    From the collection of Custer Battlefield Trading Post
  8. Apache recurve bow ca 1870-1880
  9. Rare Indian owned powder horn set
    Large horn has red vermillion “warriors color” painted on the wood end
    The med size horn has a small sinew repair on the pooring end and the shot pouch has great patina and still has one bullet inside.
    Collected from South Dakota and *****rare to have such absolute certainty that it was used and carried by an American Indian pre Indian Wars era.
  10. 1870-1890 Dakota carved Pipe and Stem
    Finely carved with painted and file burned stem.
    Super rare fine carved stem, from old collection in England.
  11. Small Pipe and Pipe bowl with figures and animals carved on the bowl.
    ca. 1870-1880
    Nice patina and old smoked bowl with ash stem.

  1. Fantastic Sioux flag pictoral leggings with tin cones ca. 1890
    Great bead colors and mans moccasins on buffalo hide.
  2. Mandan Quilled Elk Dreamer Moccasins ca 1880-1890
  3. Trade bronze peace medal (age possibly 1900)
    I have no way to date the medal other than the patina looks natural and has some natural wear. cam in a beaded pouch ca 1900, and looks to be real. I know the early ones were silver and later ones were bronze, they are still made today and hard to date. based on the wear and patina, I would guess that its a real peace medal from the turn of the century.

N.Plains Moccasins ca. 1880's

A very finely beaded pair of mans moccasins on buffalo hide. The beads are red white hearts, cobalt,white, greesy yellow. The artistry of the maker was pollished and a high level of skilled hands beaded these. The natural yellow ochre accents finish off these striking pair of Northern Plains moccasins.

Wasco Parfleche Envelope ca. 1880-1890

Very nice painted parfleche envelope with painted inside flaps.
The artwork is finely done with a nice attention to detail. Patina is excelent and the trade paints are good older colors.

Porcupine Quilled Elk Dreamer Hidatsa/ Mandan ca 1890

Cheyenne or Sioux Indian DENTALIUM SHELL DRESS

STUNNING! PICTURE DO NOT DO THIS PIECE JUSTICE!!! 1870- 1890’s Very Old Northern Plains Indian, Cheyenne, or Sioux women’s full size dress. Beautiful Dark blue wool with white salvage edge design. Covered in hundreds of dentalium shells around the top. Some shells are sewn down with SINEW, but most with very old thread. The bottom edge of the dress has great old metal sequins used in circle and triangle designs. The top has nice old dark silk ribbon ties. No moth holes. Very few missing shells and sequins. This dress is in great condition for it’s age and would make a Great Addition to your collection. Size is 48″ long x 36″ across at arms x 36″ across at bottom of dress.

Early buffalo hide Navajo rattle.
Incised with lighning and painted with red and green vermillion.
Handle is wood with brain tanned hide wrap.
Good example of an early rattle.

Recently Sold

Childs Cheyenne Mocasins ca 1880

Sioux Womans Moccasins ca. 1890

Womans moccasins beaded on hide with sinew. They were owned and worn by sileght film star Claire McDowell and are pictured in a hand colored photo ca. 1910. claire appeared in over 360 films from 1908 to 1945.

Recently Sold Items

Hand Carved Antique Tarahumara Indian Violin w/ Horse hair Bow strings. It still has one of it’s sinew violin strings, the others have been replaced years ago by wire. Painted with green vermillion paint around cut out designs on the front. Amazing head carved into the top of the violin, I believe it’s an eagle. My guess is it’s from the turn of the century, shows great age.

Violins were introduced to the Tarahumara by the Spanish missionaries in the 1600’s. Since then, the Tarahumara have been hand carving these instruments. A talented Tarahumara musician is believed capable of communicating with divine beings and able to request good fortune from them.

Size of violin is 2 feet tall x 9 inces at widest part. The bow is 26 inches long. GREAT PATINA!!!