Lot 10

C. 1890- Blackfoot Split Buffalo Horn War Bonnet

Estimate: $3,500 - $6,500

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,500 $250
$5,000 $500
$7,000 $1,000
This is an outstanding beaded war bonnet headdress with split Buffalo Bison horns and "wormy" ermines dating to circa 1890-1900's from the Blackfoot / Blackfeet Native American Indians of the Northern Plains of Canada. The piece was purchased from Allard Auction in November 2002 where it had a $6,000 high value and has since been on display in a prominent Native American and Western / Wildlife art collection. The headdress war bonnet exhibits a thick Great American Bison Buffalo Indian tanned hide cap with original period correct glass trade seed bead geometric brow band, "wormy" ermine furs covering the entire cap along with split Great American Bison Buffalo horns connected with parfleche rawhide pieces and tied with Indian tanned hideat each tip along with a strand of solid brass round old trade beads, at the horns tips show four total solid brass old trade hawk bells, old red trade clothe covered in a banded linear geometric beadwork pattern with all old period glass trade seed beads and sinew wrapped horse tail hair fringes with a red dyed finish. The horns are framed in plume feathers and have strips of old trade clothe, ribbons, Indian hide fringes, and ermine tied on. The entire back of the bonnet shows red wool stroud wrapped ermine fur fringes framing the back of the neck, tied with Indian tanned fur. The piece is noted by the Allard experts as being a rare original piece that was restored to mint condition, with restoration work shown. The piece sits on a custom made display stand that is included. Provenance: From the outstanding collection of Lowell Baier, renowned Conservationist, Author, Historian, and Attorney. Some of Lowell's Native American collection and Art collection are on display in the halls of congress at the U.S. Capitol Building. Ermine covered original split horn war bonnet's are scarce with such examples selling for a premium, such as the Southern Plains example which sold at our February 2021 auction for $11,685 (w/ bp). The piece exhibits good condition as ti has been restored. The beaded brow band is sinew sewn with the wormy ermines covering the cap being cotton trade thread sewn. Little to no damages, supple hide. Displays very well. Has the original Allard Auction tag from 2002. Measures when on the stand 28.5"H by 13.75"W. The baste of the stand is 8.5" by 5.25".
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