Tlingit Wall Pocket, ca. 1880
It was given to me by a neighbor friend because we went garage sale-ing every Saturday morning, and she went by her neighbors', and she found it in the trash of her neighbors.
In the trash?
In the trash. I assume it's Northwest Coast because of the killer whale, and that is really all I know.
It is from the Northwest Coast, and it was made by a member of the Tlingit tribe, a woman, and it's got two very significant clan symbols, the frog and the killer whale, the orca. The one on the top is the double-headed eagle of the Russian Empire. Now, there is a history of Russian Orthodoxy in this part of the world, and I'm not sure whether she was part of that or not, or just used it because it was a rather nice symbol. And you have this sort of vegetation, this foliation around the outside. It's got really nice old calico on the inside, very nice sort of printing bit there, which is rather nice. It's a wall pocket, and would have been made probably not for tribal use, but for sale and as a tourist item. It was made about 1880.
So it's quite early, but the condition is really beautiful.
And the beadwork is just lovely on it. I think a retail value would be $2,500 to $3,000.
And if you wanted to insure that, I'd insure it for probably about $4,000, $4,500.
Okay, thank you. Wonderful.
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