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Central Plains Beaded Hide Pipe Bag

Auction:
2879B
Lot:
120
Sold for:
$3,998$3,250

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Auction:
American Indian & Ethnographic Arts - 2879B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
February 06, 2016 10:00AM

Description:

Central Plains Beaded Hide Pipe Bag, c. 1870s, beaded with geometric and cross devices on a medium blue background, the rawhide slats from a recycled parfleche and with remnant quillwork, written on the side of the bag "Souvenir Apache War, Arizona, 1883, Frank Tower," lg. 33 in.

Provenance: Frank Burton Tower (1861-1950), "In the early 1880s, Mr. Tower was a U.S Mail Carrier along the San Diego mountains and later served for time with the Texas Ranger border patrol. Twice he was taken prisoner by hostile Indians and narrowly escaped torture and death by fleeing down river"; papers and small photo included.
Estimate $4,000-6,000


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

San Diego, Apache, Bags, Beadwork, Indigenous textile art of the Americas, Parfleche, Pipe bag, Pipe smoking, Quillwork

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