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Last Chance Passed Lots Auction: October 28th, 2022

Mon, Oct 24, 2022 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Oct 28, 2022 03:00PM EDT
Lot 527

C. 1800-1850 Arapaho Ball & Cone Earrings

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

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This is an exceptional and historic set of silver ball and cone earrings from the Arapaho (Inunaina, Hinono'ei) dating to circa 1800-1850, from the Sundog Bruce VanLandingham collection. Authentic examples such as this are exceedingly rare with almost all examples being in museum collections. The set shows a silver material with loop top with ball strung on and cone dangling, one having an additional ball. The danglers are wider and have a round bottom. For examples see several examples in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian record NMAI_260344 1840 examples, E200915-1 and E200883-0 both 1800's Arapaho. Provenance: From the renowned Sundog Fine Art Bozeman, Montana collection and collected by Bruce VanLandingham. Bruce VanLandingham was a pillar in the American Indian collecting community and a respected expert. Along with being an avid collector, Bruce also was the sole owner of Sundog Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman, which was both part museum and gallery. The silver material has a green patina and one of the cones has broken from the loop. Each is 1.5"L.