|Title:||Native American Dress|
|Date/Era/Period:||Late 19th to early 20th century|
|Description:||Beaded Buckskin Dress|
|Condition:||Couple of beads missing. A few small holes in buckskin.|
|Origin:||Passed down through father. In the family for many years|
|Appraised By:||Richard Schlom|
|History Of The Item:||See appraiser comment section below for complete details.|
|Appraiser Tips:||If you intend to sell the property I strongly suggest not attempting to sell it yourself on ebay - but to sell it through an auction house with experience dealing with this type of property.
If you handle the dress be careful because if the hide is brittle it will crack and you will continue to lose beads.
DON'T make any attempts to recondition or soften the hide (leather) this will only diminish its value.
October 5, 2004
Dear Sir or Madam:
A Classic Plains Indians (Sioux) Beaded and Fringed Hide Women’s Dress,
Late 19th to early 20th century
WOW! I haven’t appraised one of these in a while.
The market for Native American Indian property is very strong right now with prices realized generally exceeding auction estimates. It is my opinion this dress would do the same.
The values stated below are from a fairly recent Sotheby’s Auction estimate for a somewhat similar dress – although no two are ever the same.
The Plains Indians lived in the area from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to Mexico. The most important tribes were the Sioux, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Crow, Kiowa, and Comanche. The plains area was hotter than 100 degrees in the summer, and could drop to 40 degrees below zero with heavy snows in the winter. The region was so dry that when it rained it often flooded. The rolling land was covered with grassland and a few mountains. The Black Hills was high and steep. Few Indians lived on the Great Plains before white men brought the horse in the 1600’s.
The women made their clothing from buffalo hides and deerskin. Boys wore nothing until the age of 10 then they began wearing breechclouts. A breechclout was a deerskin stretched between the legs and fastened to by a leather belt in the back and the front. In cold weather the men put on robes and high boots made from buffalo hides. The young girls wore breechclouts. When they reached adolescence they began wearing loosely fitting, long-sleeved dresses stitched together with deerskin and decorated with fringe, beads, and small pieces of metal.
Both men and women painted their bodies, faces, and scalps with brightly colored paints made from clay and juices of berries and fruits. The men pierced their ears. Men wore their hair long and separated it into two braids that were decorated with strips of fur, leather, or a single feather. The women cut their hair much shorter than the men.
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