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    1870s Navajo Chief's Blanket

    Appraised Value:

    $35,000 - $45,000

    Appraised on: June 17, 2006

    Appraised in: Tucson, Arizona

    Appraised by: Douglas Deihl

    Category: Tribal Arts

    Episode Info: Tucson, Hour 2 (#1108)

    Originally Aired: February 19, 2007

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    Form: Blanket
    Material: Wool
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $35,000 - $45,000

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    Appraised By:

    Douglas Deihl
    Tribal Arts
    Director, American Indian and Ethnographic Art
    Skinner, Inc.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: Has this blanket been in your family for long?

    GUEST: Uh, yes, it has been; at least 50 years. It came from a great-uncle who traveled to Arizona, and he purchased it.

    APPRAISER: Okay.

    GUEST: And I knew it was a Navajo, but I didn't know whether it was a rug or a blanket.

    APPRAISER: Okay, well, it is a Navajo blanket, and it's called a third phase chief's blanket. It's actually a variant of a third phase chief's blanket, because of the crosses. With Navajo blankets, a first phase blanket would just have the horizontal stripes going all the way across. A second phase would put a block in through the stripes, at the corners and through the center. And then, third phase blankets would start to close off the way this cross closes off up here.

    GUEST: Oh, that's very interesting.

    APPRAISER: It was probably woven in the 1870s, and what makes it particularly beautiful is the different reds in it. There's many variations in the dyes. It's probably a raveled wool. The darker reds here were probably dyed with a cochineal and then there's some lighter reds that are possibly commercial dyes. The beautiful blues are an indigo dye, and then your white and brown are natural homespun. Have you ever had anybody look at it or give you an appraisal of it?

    GUEST: Yes, I had a local appraiser take a look at it.

    APPRAISER: Did they tell you how much it was worth?

    GUEST: She said about $2,500.

    APPRAISER: Okay, well, she was a little off the mark. It's an unusual weaving in that it is a variant pattern, and it's so bold. I think at auction... would bring probably $35,000 to $45,000.

    GUEST: Oh, my goodness.

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