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Southern Plains Peyote Rattle ca 1910

I about fell over when I found this little beauty. A real nice example of a Antique Southern Plains Indian Peyote Rattle. The Peyote Church came out shortly after the Ghost Dance craze was over. American Indians began a new cerimony and this is a good example from the early period of the peyote Church. It dates about 1910 and is peyote stiched with really fine, extra small antique seed beads. The twisted fringe is Indian brain tanned hide with a coating of a white natural material. The top is natural red dyed horse hair.


Acoma Olla

We found a Really nice Vintage Acoma Olla. Nice older thin walled Acoma Pueblo Pottery Olla. The paint is finely done and very graphic.


Silver Engraved MARKED Fleming Bit

Silver Engraved Fleming Bit. This is a nice example of the fine crafmanship of the early Fleming engraved bits. The bit has great patina and many very nice sterling silver spots on the brow band, and cheek straps of the headstall.
This piece would look great hanging on a wall next to your Western Americana collection or Western Art collection. Antique cowboy bits and antique cowboy spurs add a great dimention to a western art collection.


Mint ca. 1940 - 1955 Crockett Spurs

A mint pair of vintage Crockett Spurs from the 1940’s or early 50’s. Also recently sold was an early Navajo Buffalo Hide Rattle.


Rare MARKED Hudson Bay Trade Kettle ca. 1700's

This early Fur Trade Kettle is marked HBC for the Hudson Bay Trade Co.
This is a rare example of the 1700’s style Indian brass trade kettles that were traded during the Fur Trade Era. The kettle has a square handle and riveted iron strap that is had forged. The Brass trade Kettles that came out later were marked American Brass Kettle Co. and W hayden. These were traded to the American Indians in the 1850 – 1860’s. This trade kettle with the Mark of the Hudson Bay Trading Co. is very rare and hard to find. Kettles like this were traded to the Native Americans for cooking and gathering water. Looks great in a house with a collection of Western Americana.

Early trade goods like this are seen in paintings by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell.


Norther Plains Pipe (Montana)

Nice 1880-1890 ash pipe stem and a Pipestone antique catlinite bowl.
This Antique Plains Indian Pipe came from Lamers Trading Post in Hardin Montana. It most likely is Crow but since American Indians are known for trading , It could have come from the Cheyenne or other Northern Plains nations. The Antique Indian pipe stem has nice file brands marking the sides and a great patina overall.


Apache Moccasins ca. 1860

This is a good example of early Apache moccasins from the 1860’s. Early seed beads with the White center red or rose heart red trade beads. The Antique Apache Indian moccasins are completely sinew sewn. The bottoms are constructed of extra thick buffalo hide for protection against cactus and other hard desert plants. These antique beaded moccasins show great wear and use. They are a good example of the style worn during the Geronimo , Indian Wars period .
Antique Indian Beadwork from the Indian wars period is rare and prized by collectors.


ca. 1890 - 1910 Zuni Polychrome Owl Pot

This is one of the very old ones!!!
1890’s- 1910.
GREAT PATINA! Zuni Pottery Owl! This has been Pit Fired. It has the very old red black and white polychrome paint. The black has lightened to a dark chocolate brown from age. It’s in Great condition for it’s age no damage to speak of, just typical wear for something this age. The pot does have some age crazing in the paint typical of earlier American Indian pots.

Size is 6″ tall by 6″ across wing to wing.


Isleta Pueblo Olla ca. 1890 - 1910

A nice example of a Isleta Pueblo Pottery Olla.
This piece dates ca. 1890 – 1910
This antique Native American pottery ( isleta Pueblo) olla is small only about 3 inches tall, but is artistically very well designed with the cross motif.


Antique American Indian Hand Carved Violin Tarahumara

Hand Carved Antique Native American 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!!!


Navajo Buffalo Hide Rattle

Antique Native american Navajo buffalo Hide Rattle.
The Navajo rattle dates prior to 1900 and shows great wear and patina. A fine example of an incised rattle. The lightning or power symbol is incised into the hide. Red and green vermillion paint show age cracks and oxidation.


Recently Sold

Beautiful Vintage Fleming sterling silver engraved bit. The details on this bit are just stunning.
The antique silver engraved cheek pieces are 8 1/2 inches. Mouth is about 5 inches. Copper roller
Split ear headstall, reins & rein chains, it’s all there! Great Condition!
great piece of antique Western Americana.


Nootka Model Canoe ca 1890- 1910

Nootka Model Canoe from 1890 – 1910. This Antique Northwest Coast cedar carved canoe has the carved paddles and spears. The canoe is painted with blue and red vermilion trade paint. Northwest Coast Indian carved items are among the most collectable of Native American Artwork.


Art of the Alaska Klondike

Original ca. 1917 Indian Tanned moose hide Art
by Lawrence Thimme.
Thimme left Dawson for Fairbanks in 1905. After the Alaska Gold Rush he created works of art celebrating Alaska history.

Images of Alaska through Historic Pyrography:

“Pyrography has a long history as a decorative technique outside the United States and became a popular hobby in America in the early 1900s with the availability of pyrographic kits and materials. Alaskans adapted the technique … [to burn] images onto moose hide and birch bark. They used pyrography to decorate personal and household items, create vacation mementos, illustrate Alaskan scenes, commemorate events, and honor organizations. Fairbanks residents have made and displayed pyrography in [their] homes and around the community since the turn of the last century.”

Original art from the Alaska Klondike.


Plains Indian Catlinite Pipe bowl ca. 1890 - 1900

Old Catlinite Pipestone Pipe Bowl. 1890’s GREAT Patina! SMOKED! Shows a lot of use . There are no cracks but typical wear. The shape of the bowl is very unusual because it was carved to look like a more European style American Indian pipe.

2″ 1/2 tall by 2″ wide


Antique Primitive Burl Hand Carved Wood Bowl

Very Old Antique Hand Carved Wood Burl Bowl. GREAT PATINA!!! Very Solid and Thick. Possibly Native American Indian. I would say it weighs around 6-8 lbs.
Great old west decorator item.


Very old Original O.C. Seltzer pencil sketch / drawing. This Drawing was desecioned from the Charles M. Russell Museum. It’s a pencil drawing done by Seltzer on a thin paper, like a thin vellum. looks like Seltzer wrote a 25 in the upper corner as if this was for something specific. If he didn’t write the 25 maybe the museum did as part of a collection, or collection number. It’s been matted for years and embossed in the matting it says “Original Pencil Sketch by O.C. Seltzer”. On the back is writing that says “Came out of C.M.R. Museum”. On the back it also has a tag from the company that did the matting and that says ” The Glass Art Shop 505 First Avenue North Great Falls Montana 59401″.
The image size is 5 1/2 x 4 1/2.


New Sheridan Wyo Rodeo Posters

The New Sheridan Wyo Rodeo Posters are in and going fast. The artwork for the poster was created by Bob Coronato. The Sheridan Wyo Rodeo is celebrating its 80th annual with this special poster. Available at the Wyo Store on main street as well as from www.bobcoronato.com.
$20.00 for the poster and $50.00 for a limited number signed.


Our museum recently purchased a cut down Indian gun with ties to the Battle of The Little Big Horn. I am sending the gun off to be tested for ballistics, against know cartridges found at the battle. The model 1863 50-70 cal. sat in a saloon for nearly 25 years and was then in private hands for nearly another 20 some years. The story is that it was at the Battle of Little Big horn and the Cheyenne woman who had it said it was a family heirloom. After many years in the bar, a collector finally talked her out of it and it has been in only two collections since. Many guns have the “story” of being from Custer battle, but very few have proven ballistacally to have been there. It will be exciting to here back about it.

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Hulett Wyoming was founded in 1881 and is located in the Northeast corner of the state.
hulett has about 50,000 visitors during the Sturgis Bike week every August.