Lot 20

1890-1919 Fitchburg RR w/ Indian Ledger Art

Estimate: $950 - $1,350

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$0 $5
$50 $10
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$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
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$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
The lot features an original circa 1890-1919 Ledger Page from the Fitchburg Railroad Company with original Northern Plains ledger art. Provenance: From the same collection as the 1890-1899 Statement of Blemmingham Ledger Book collection. The page shows a graphite and colored pencil ledge art from the Northern Plains, likely Sioux showing a Buffalo Bison kill scene. The piece shows a warrior or chief on horseback wearing a feather headdress war bonnet with the horse in yellow with a red lightning strike down the neck and bow and arrow in the hand. In front of the horse is a large spontoon lance coup spear with long red and black clothe strip with feather border. On the left is the Buffalo Bison bleeding from the chest with arrow at center, above at the top right is a four-point morning star in blue with four spirit circle (black, white, yellow and red), at the top left is a crescent white moon, and at center and below the horse is a rattle snake in graphite. The ledger page has nice foxing and discoloration around the edges from early age. The piece is from the Blemmingham Ledger book, the very same as the 1871 Example that sold in our September 2021 sale for $1,107 (shown with bp). The ledger page dates to the Fitchburg Railroad which was in operation from circa 1840-1919, the artwork appears to be of an older age but exact age is unknown. The ledger sheet measures 16 5/8” by 10 7/8”.