1870s Navajo Woman's Wearing Blanket
Appraised Value: $15,000 - $20,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:16)
Director, American Indian and Ethnographic Art
GUEST: Oh, my mother, when she was about 13, went with her family out to Colorado and, uh, I believe that's when they purchased it. So that's... that's all I can tell you about it.
APPRAISER: So have you ever looked into what it is or who made it or... I assume you know it's Navajo.
GUEST: Well, I don't even know that.
APPRAISER: You don't even know that, okay.
GUEST: I just... That's the reason I'm here. I don't know anything about it. It's always been around and I thought this would be a great time to find out what the deal is.
APPRAISER: Well, it's quite a nice Navajo weaving from about the 1870s. There's several things I like about it. One is that it's a woman's wearing blanket, much more rare probably than men's wearing blanket. The way you can tell the women's blankets is the stripes-- the smaller stripes-- cutting through the diamonds. It's got beautiful indigo color in it. It's got beautiful red bayeta, and it's a great piece to hang up on the wall. I understand there was some cleaning done at one time.
GUEST: About seven years ago, there was some smoke damage, and so it was cleaned. Um, but that... you know, that's... that's basically it.
APPRAISER: Do you know how they cleaned it?
GUEST: I have... I have no idea.
APPRAISER: The nap up here has a fuzzy quality. There are actually... There are several places, but particularly up here-- probably by cleaning, and I suspect they scrubbed it a little too hard. And I don't know... From my knowledge, I'm not sure if that can be restored or not. It's still, uh, exceptional weaving, and, you know, it's got... it's a great classic done in a third phase chief's pattern. Uh, but whether or not that can be restored, I think remains to be seen. Do you have any idea what it's worth?
GUEST: No, I have...I have absolutely no idea. Now you've really perked my interest, so... I don't know.
APPRAISER: Well, I'm going to kind of go under the assumption that something can be done with that fuzziness. But even if it can't, I feel very strongly that, conservatively, it's a $15,000 to $20,000.
GUEST: You're kidding me.
APPRAISER: No, I'm not kidding.
GUEST (laughing): Holy mackerel! $15,000 to $20,000?
APPRAISER: $15,000 to $20,000.
GUEST (laughing): Thanks, Doug.
APPRAISER: You're welcome.
GUEST: What can I say?
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