This is an outstanding 19th Century Indian tanned hide Scout Jacket attributed to the Northern Plains Native American Indians. The jacket is constructed of thick Indian tanned Great American Bison Buffalo hide. The jacket has a traditional Indian Scout construction with a raised collar having a scalloped edge and fringe along the chest that wraps around the shoulders, across the back, and down each arm. The jacket also shows a breast pocket with the same scalloped edge finish, as well as on each cuff and down the edge of the jacket opening. The fringes also run down the inside edge of the jacket. The buttons are latches that consist of iron rings on hide riveted to the jacket itself; two are present on the jacket. The collar of the jacket is lined with an early calico trade cloth. The piece has old repairs and sewn sections, including a replaced section of hide. The piece has a few separations and rips on the cuff, back of collar, back of the shoulder and the front. The jacket has a supple and slightly stiffening hide with nice color and patina from honest age and use. Early examples dating to the 1800’s, such as this, are uncommon, with this being a nice man’s example. Measures overall 34”L by 62”W.