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Historic Penobscot Peaked Cap

Auction:
2563B
Lot:
289
Sold for:
$35,550$30,000

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Auction:
American Indian & Ethnographic Arts - 2563B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
September 24, 2011 10:00AM

Description:

Historic Penobscot Peaked Cap, c. second quarter 19th century, belonging to Molly Molasses (1775-1867), red trade cloth with blue trade cloth liner, decorated with yellow, blue, and green silk applique, with double C-scroll designs done in 1/16 white glass seed beads, with silk ribbon drops and larger white bead edging from the peak, sold with a photograph of Molly Molasses taken by S.W. Sawyer, Bangor, Maine, 1865, ht. 15 1/2, wd. 13 in.

Provenance: Dr. Frank T. Siebert Collection.

Exhibitions: Four Mollys: Women of the Dawn, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine; Uncommon Threads, Wabanaki Textile, Clothing, and Costume, Maine State Museum, Augusta, Maine, May 2009 May 2010.

Literature: Illustrated in American Indian Art Magazine, Summer 2004, pp. 64, 65, Dr. Siebert: "I've traced the Molly Molasses cap I have now, which I bought from an antique dealer in Philadelphia in 1939. It came from the Indian collection of the estate of a man who was a federal government Indian agent or commissioner for Grover Cleveland during his administration, the cap was purchased by him at Old Town when on a visit, 1880-82."
Estimate $40,000-60,000

Keywords

Frank T. Siebert, Maine, Molly Molasses, Bangor, Harbor, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine State Museum, Augusta, Philadelphia, antique dealer, commissioner, Grover Cleveland, Old Town, Cities in Maine, First Nations in Atlantic Canada, New England, Penobscot, Penobscot County, Maine, Siebert

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