Plains Indian Knife Sheath & Beaded Bag, ca. 1870
They were handed down through my family. Most of them came into the family about 1878. My great-grandmother lived in Baxter Springs, Kansas, and then she went back to Ohio to visit relatives and parents.
Did she go back with some frequency to Kansas?
I don't know, I think so.
And what do you know about these pieces?
All righty. The bag that you're looking at up here was made by the Plains Indians, the Cheyenne. And it dates to about 1870, 1880. It's a very beautiful, very luxurious piece of leather with exquisite beadwork. The knife sheath represents the Blackfoot, and the Blackfoot were from Montana. Her travels took her into a region in a time, it was post Civil War... They were moving natives from their homes into reservation and Indian school settings. It was a time of turmoil for Native Americans. These pieces, they're highly collectible. This is probably one of the finest Cheyenne pipe bags. This is where a man would keep his pipe. It has a value, at auction, of $10,000.
Oh, my gosh.
It's a stunner. It is luxurious, the beadwork's exquisite, it's in great condition, it's supple. The knife sheath, $3,000 at auction. Highly collectible tribe, highly collectible object.
Very surprised, very.
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