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Indian beadwork is one of the most beautiful of the North American Indian adornments, and deserves a special place in any great Native American art collection where it serves as a reminder of peoples past and the people today.  Of all of the wonderful things in our River Trading Post collection, Indian beadwork stands out among the finest of all.  Also be sure to see our collection of quillwork

Bandolier Bags Plains Indian Vests, Dresses, Ceremonial Wear Plains Indian Moccasins Plains Indian Tobacco Bags Plains Indian Beaded Bags

 

#5859S
Beaded Blackfeet Martingale

circa 1880 - 1890
Exeptionally fine beadwork on red felt trade cloth. Hide strands finished with tubular glass beads and bells.

12 inches x 49 inches


$6200
 
Bandolier Bags
#4553 Ojibwa 42" x 17.75" Large Cass River Chippewa bandoleer bag.  Rare loom beaded tabs.  Some very slight bead and stitch loss.
Circa 1890-1900.
$3200
1711.JPG (24427 bytes) #1711F Chippewa 12.5" x 39" Late 19th century Chippewa beaded bandolier bag.  Fine condition. $3490
1712.JPG (25721 bytes) 1712F Chippewa 13.5" x 39" A very fine Chippewa beaded bandolier bag from around 1880.  Absolutely beautiful. $7500

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Plains Indian Vests, Dresses, Ceremonial Wear
#5858s
Nez Perce Boy's Vest
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#6348 Plains 6.5" x 2.25" Par of early 20th century wrist cuffs. Clasps on ends connect the cuffs. $200 Sold
#6376 Nez Perce 5.5" x 42" 1960' Nez Perce beaded belt. $450

#6338s Sioux 10.5" x 10" Sioux beaded purse from 1880's - 1890's. Beaded on both sides with symbols from the Ghost Dance period. $3800
#6339s Sioux Baby Size Lakota baby bonnet circa 1900.  Beaded over a tradecloth bonnet with lace attached. $1800 Sold
#5324s Sioux 11.5" x 4"
excluding rolled tops as shown
1880's Soux Beaded women's leggings. $1200 Sold
#6133s Crow 27.5" x 34.25" Beautifully framed Crow Leggins circa 1880.  Each leggin is 20" x 10" $1200 Sold
#4552f Eastern Sioux Medium Eastern Sioux Man's vest out of black velvet cloth and inside silk print.  Front side spot stitched in seed beeds.  ca 1890-1910 $1850

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#1256S Santee Medium to Large Man Antique Santee pictorial medicine vest with geometric designs, including pipes, dragonflies and flowers.  Neck is trimmed with green paint and bottom is trimmed with green, red and gold paint.  From 1890 to 1910. $2400
1702a.JPG (61617 bytes) #1702F Sioux 17" x 16.5" Sioux boy's beaded vest circa 1890.  Beautiful beadwork on white field.  Great condition. $4000 Sold
#4588 Non Native Medium "Order of the Red Man" dress from 1920 - 1930.  Heavy muslin with commercial hide fringes and stitched in seed and trade beads.  Possibly a photo prop, or maybe an East Coast party dress. $395.
1716.JPG (32526 bytes) #1716F Cheyenne 36" x 47" Very fine ladies Cheyenne beaded buckskin dress from around 1960.
$2000
Sold
1900A.JPG (310113 bytes) #1900 Sioux 50" length Sioux beaded hide dress.  Sinew sewn on hide with geometric design in red, green, white and shades of blue.  slight bead loss.  This dress was built in stages.  One half is old, the other new $3500 Sold
#6272s Osage Harness 2" x 67"
Collar 3" x 14.5"
Belt 1.5' x 70" including ties
Osage beaded dance ensemble $500

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#1159 Apache 14 1/4" x 4" Contemporary T-Neckpiece used for the "Puberty Ceremony" when an Apache girl becomes a young woman. Spirit Mountain Dancer beaded into the piece. $800

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#1069 Cheyenne 30" & 31 1/4" These antique Cheyenne beaded legging panels are a classic example of the fabulous beadwork accomplished by these people.
$375
Sold
410.JPG (19547 bytes) #410S Chippewa 72" x 4" Rare 1870's Chippewa sash with intricate multi-colored beadwork and long trade yarn fringes. $1700

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#1157s Sioux Arm pieces - 13 1/4" x 1 1/2"

Leg pieces
13" x 2 1/2"

Wrist cuffs
141/4" x 7"
This Oglala Sioux buckskin dance ensemble was made by Joe Walking Bear in the 1930's.
$550
Sold

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#1162 Northern Paiute-Washoe 29 1/2" dia. Beautifully beaded collar made of yellow, orange, red, light blue and dark blue glass beads. It is tied with a leather tie in back. It is worn over a leather deerskin dress during powwows or special ceremonies.
Never worn.  Created around 1990.
$500
#620 Menominee 33" x 1.25" Menominee child's loom beaded pictoral belt with stylized flower and bird design.  $650

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#794 Warm Springs Reservation 34 1/2" Fancy beaded dance belt from the Warm Springs Reservation.  Ca. 1950, we believe.  A Stunner. $470

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#1163 Shoshone-Bannock 23"L x
5" high in front
Beautifully beaded on leather all around to back with roses. Circa 1990's.  Created by Ramona Walema in Fort Hall, Idaho. $400
1741.JPG (32774 bytes) #1741F Plateau  5 1/2" x 6" Turn of century Plateau beaded cuffs.  Beads of purple, gold, white, orange and green.  Blue beads on fringe.  Boardered by purple satin.  Some sequin loss. $275 Sold
1701.JPG (40087 bytes) #1701F Cheyenne 11" Ladies Cheyenne beaded leggings circa 1890.  Very fine condition.
$1400
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Plains Indian Moccasins
#6372 Sioux 8.5" length 1960's Sioux woman's moccasins (well worn) $150
#6376 Ojibwa 9" length 1960's Ojibwa moccasins $150
#6261s Cheyenne 9.5" length Fully beaded Cheyenne Moccasins circa 1920 $950 Sold
#6262s Nez Perce 10.25" length Nez Perce Moccasins circa 1920 $1000
#6263 Cree 8" length Cree woman's moccasins.  Some very slight bead loss. $280
#6264s Cheyenne 10.5" length Cheyenne Ruby Mossasins $1100
#6269 Ojibwa 12.5" length Contemporary Ojibwa men's moccasins $150

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#900 Plateau Nations 9" length Plateau beaded moccasins.  Hard sole hide moccasins with flower design. $300
#3306F Sioux 10.75" Fully beaded Sioux moccasins circa 1880 - 1910.  $1000 Sold

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#1366s Apache 8.5" Apache boy's cactus kicker moccasins from around 1900. $1200 Sold

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#907f Arickara 11" length Arickara moccasins.  Beaded strip on buffalo hide with cross and box design.  Blue, white green and mustard yellow. $1600
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Mens beaded moccasins circa 1885 - 1890 of buffalo hide. $1535
2851.JPG (64946 bytes) #2851F Iroquois 10" 20th century Iroquois beaded moccasins.  Beaded on cloth in stylized flower and leaf design. $600 Sold

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#1174 Great Lakes Region 10"  length These old moccasins are from the 1940's, and are well worn.  They are made of leather with beaver or other fur cuffs.  A few beads are missing along the edges of both moccasins.  They are priced accordingly. $200 Sold
1539.JPG (29751 bytes) #1539f Kiowa Apache 9 1/2" Man's beaded moccasins, sinew sewn on hide with geometric designs of red, blue, green and dark blue.  Late 19th, early 20th century $2400
1510.JPG (30531 bytes) #1510 Ute 6 1/4" length Contemporary (1970's) child's moccasins. $100 Sold

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#1447 Ute 8.5" length Fully beaded contemporary woman's or child's moccasins. $550

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#1083s Sioux 9 1/2" Sinew sewn on hide with hard sole in colors of green, red, gold, blue and white.
$700
Sold

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#1084 Menominee 9 1/2"  Menominee soft sole beaded moccasins trimmed with red yarn and beaded with stylized flowers in blue, pink, red and clear.  Beadwork excellent.  Minor flaws in yarn trim. $690

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#1085 Nez Perce 10" Nez perce hide moccasins with beaded stylized flower design on tops in red, green, blue, pink and white.  Overall condition is fine except for felt trim around the bottom which is worn. $450 Sold

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#1086 Cheyenne 9 1/2" Partly beaded Cheyenn Moccasins.  Sinew sewn on hide in colors of red, yellow, green and blue.
$500
Sold

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#1099s Arapaho 11" Arapaho man's beaded moccasins.  Sinew sewn on buffalo hide, rubbed with yellow ocher and beaded in yellow, green, blue, red and white. $1800


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Plains Indian Tobacco Bags

#6274s Sioux 7" x 23" Sioux bead and quill pipe bag circa 1890 $2500

#6275s Sioux 8" x 30" 19th century Sioux Pipe Bag $3000
#3971 Chumash 20" x 6" Recent Chumash pipe bag of brain tanned hide. Old glass beads in red, light blue, dark blue and mustard. $2100
#4498f Crow 40.5" x 5.5" Contemporary Crow pipe bag traded to Santo Domingo Pueblo Dancer. $400 Sold
#3636S Blackfoot 9.5" x 4.25" Blackfoot tobacco tail bag circa 1880.  Brain tanned hide, red wool trade cloth and brass hawk bells at bottom.
Blue and white glass trade beads, with brass bead accents.
$1935
2846.JPG (50954 bytes) #2846S Sioux 30" x 6" From about 1890, this features beaded strips on each side  Red ticking down the side and two rows of white tube beads above the leather fringe. $2500 Sold
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#2845F Ojibwa 31" x 6" Beautiful Ojibwa beaded pipe bag.  Beaded on both sides with flower and leaf design in red, pink, green, yellow, orange, gold and blues on a white background.
Front panel inscribed "Otaka September 18".
Early 20th century.
$4310

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#1255 Blackfeet 22 1/2" Beautifully beaded 1870's Blackfeet pipe bag.  Moose hide.
Beaded on one side.
$2400

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#1704F Sioux 17" A good Sioux beaded pipe bag with quill work and fringe from the late 19th century.  Different geometric design on each side.  Quill work is well worn, missing. $3200 Sold
1706.JPG (17195 bytes) #1706F Great Lakes Region 21" Great lakes beaded tobacco bag circa 1915.  Very fine condition.  Beads of orange, white, gold, red and green.  Maple leaf design, different on each side. $1800 Sold


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Plains Indian Beaded Bags
#5856s Sioux 10.5" x 14.5" Late 19th century beaded bag with cones and horsehair $2600 Sold
#5857s Northern California
(Possibly Miwok)
6" x 7.5" Late 19th century beaded purse with Victorian era closer and chain. $900 Sold
#5586f Cheyenne 10" x 4" Early 20th century decorated with green, ellow and pink Eurpean trade beads. $400
#6347 Kiowa 11.5" x 5" Beaded gray suede tulip bag $180
#5322s Sioux 5.35" x 9" excluding handle 1900's Sioux Purse $1950 Sold
#5336 Sioux 10" x 10.5" 1890's Bible Bag $1350

#4599F Blackfeet 39.5" length Blackfeet buckskin rifle case by Jackie Parsons.  Beaded on both sides. $2000
1537.JPG (35949 bytes)1537a.JPG (23701 bytes) #1537s Sioux Approx 3" x 8 1/2" Antique Sioux 3 sided beaded hide bag, beaded with cross and line design in colors of red, light green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, white, yellow and black. $900 Sold
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Circa 1900, brain tanned hide, thread sewn tobacco bag.  Same floral motif on both sides.  Inner backing of beadwork is old pattern material.

$1400
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#1535s Nez Perce 5 1/2" x 3 3/4" Nez Perce contour beaded ration card bag.  Stylized flower design in red, light blue, dark blue, gold, light green, dark green, white, black and pink.  Late 19th century.
$900
Sold

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#1164 Paiute-Moddock 11 3/4" x 9" Contemporary beaded bag on white leather. One side is beaded and it is lined with blue fabric. Never used. Created in 1991 by Catherine Walker, Paiute. $400 Sold

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#1172 Cayuga 4" x 4" Purse of cloth and dark blue velvet. Has a raised beadwork flower using white and pink beads and white sequins.  This literally shimmers.
Created by Lorna-Jamieson-
Thomas-Hill; Cayuga Band-Wolf Clan.
$110

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#1173 Nez Perce 41/2" x 4"

Made of leather beaded on front using very tine blue, dark red, red, dark green, green and yellow glass beads. It has a snap flap opening and is lined with floral fabric.  From the '30s or '40s.

$600 Sold

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#1181 Iroquois 5 1/2" x 4" This Iroquois souvenir or whimsy purse is made of cloth and light tan velvet which has darkened over time. A few small spots are on the purse, not very noticeable. It is beaded on all four sides and top with looped beaded fringe at the bottom. From 1900-1910. $500 Sold

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#1446 Ute 7.5" x 4.5" Beaded pocketbook with zipper closure.  Fully beaded around and on both sides. $275 Sold

 

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#1183 Sioux 6" x 4" 1940's drawstring beaded purse of soft leather with two different designs and long beaded fringe. $500

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#908s Crow 8 1/4" x 5 1/2" Antique Crow woman's work bag.  Beaded on buffalo hide with cross, triangles and band design.  In red, blue, and pink.  Tin cones and green wool suspension.
$1995
Sold

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#893 Cree 11" x 6 1/2" Cree tobacco bag.  Beaded on both sides with geometric design and "Maurice" on one side; sylized flower on other.  Pre WW II. $1500

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#1087 Sioux 9 1/4" x 6 3/4" Eastern Sioux oval beaded buckskin bag with a geometric design on one side and crosses on the reverse.  In colors of blue and pink.
$735
Sold

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#1088 Chippewa 9" x 5 1/2" Chippewa woman's tobacco bag.  Beaded buckskin with finge on sides and bottom.  Beaded with stylized flower design on a clear background.  (Some very minor bead loss.) $690

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#1089s Apache 9" x 5" Apache beaded and fringe hide bag.  Yellow ocher buckskin with fringe on sides and bottom.  Beaded in pink, black, blue and white. $820 Sold

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#1095 Athabaskan 7 1/2" x 4 7/8" Athabaskan finely beaded bag.  Stylized flower beaded on black cloth with woven pull ties.  Beads in pink, silver, red, blue, green and brown. $950

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#1096 Nez Perce 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" Nez Perce woman's flat bag fully beaded on one side with stylized flower design.  Colors of red, green, black, blue and gold on a frosty white background.  Beadwork is in excellent shape, through the old cloth shows frays along the edges.
$900
Sold

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#1097 Plateau 4 1/4" x 4 1/2" Plateau beaded belt pouch with fully beaded top flap.  stylized flower in blue, yellow, red and green on a white background. $700

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#894s Nez Perce 6" x 5 1/2" Nez Perce belt pouch.  Fully beaded top flap with an eight pointed star and cross inside.  Red, pink, white, gold and blue.
$1500
Sold

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#1100f Sioux 9" x 6" Sioux beaded tobacco bag.  Beaded on hide and cloth.  Stylized flower in red, pink, white, green on a blue background. $1400
#5584f Shoshone-Bannok 9" x 4.5" Soft white beaded bag by Wesley Chippewa $110 Sold


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