Lot 674

Buffalo Horns & Camp Cooke Dig Site Artifacts

Estimate: $100 - $300

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
Featured in this lot is this collection of buffalo horns and Camp Cooke Dig Site artifacts. The buffalo horse are old and half petrified with discoloration to the sheen of the horns, there are five single horns in this collection. The artifacts include items such as a piece of a horseshoe, part of a cavalry bit, saddle rings, petrified wood, a buckle, and various pieces of metal possibly belonging to infrastructure. Camp Cooke also known as Fort Claggett was a U.S. Army military post on the Missouri River in Montana Territory. The camp was established on July 10, 1866, just upstream from the mouth of the Judith River by the 13th Infantry Regiment. By 1867 Camp Cooke had a strength of approximately 400 men. The army established the post to protect steamboat traffic en route to Fort Benton. The boats carried passengers and freight to supply swiftly growing boom towns at the site of rich gold strikes in the western mountains of the Montana Territory. The condition of this collection is fair the items show wear do to age and exposure to the elements with the buffalo horns showing extensive exposure wear and slightly petrified, while the artifacts show high oxidation but otherwise is in fair overall condition. The measurements of these buffalo horse range from 8 1/4" x 3" x 3" to 5 1/2" x 3" x 1 1/2". The measurements of the artifacts range from 3/4" x 1" to 5 3/4" x 1/2".
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