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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 924

C. 1890 Navajo Old Crystal Trading Post Rug

Estimate: $1,750 - $3,000

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Featured in this lot is this Navajo Old Crystal Trading Post rug circa 1890's. This rug features a wonderfully and professionally crafted wool construction that shows a beautiful grey central medallion with stepped decoration of geometric patterns of dark brown and faded medium red due to age and also shows a neat border of black and dark brown that stops short to the ends of the rug. Originally the Old Crystal trading post was established in 1894, in this remote part of the Navajo Reservation Southwest of Two Grey Hills and Northwest of Gallup. In 1896 J.B. Moore purchased an interest in the trading post and re-named it Crystal after a pure sparkling mountain spring that was in the area. Due to the remoteness of the Trading Post he started using a mail order catalog to sell his rugs to the Eastern market. The first catalog came out in 1903, with another in 1911. He left the reservation in 1911. During his stay at Crystal he greatly influenced the change in styles of Navajo rugs being produced at the Crystal Trading Post. The rugs had an Oriental motif with multiple borders, large central medallions and numerous hooks. The condition of this rug is fair to good with some wear to the edges of the rug and shows some sunder to the central weft of the rug but otherwise shows fair to good overall condition. The measurements of this rug is 60" x 36".