Lot 418

C. 1930-40 Plateau Seed & Trade Beaded Hide Dress

Estimate: $950 - $1,650

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$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
This is a seed floral and geometric beaded and trade beaded hide dress from the Plateau Indians dating to circa 1930’s to 1940’s. The dress is comprised of Indian brain tanned buckskin with tanned leather patches and repairs all done in cotton thread sewing being accented along the neckline, shoulders, chest, and bottom border with early 1900 glass trade seed beads in a geometric and floral pattern. The seed beads are in colors of greasy blue, red white heart, greasy light blue, and faceted beads in iridescent black and copper, semi-transparent pink heart, semi-transparent green. The dress is also accented by several rows and drop fringes strung on Indian hide of glass trade beads which appear to be 1930-1940’s Chinese cast glass opaque blue and faceted semi-transparent iridescent. The dress also has nice rolled tin jingle dangle cones and rows of 1920’s Art Deco flapper round reflective disk beads. The dress has nice long Indian tanned hide fringes across the entire sleeve edge, across the chest, down each side, down a border near the bottom edge and along the bottom edge seen on both sides. The dress has several later repairs including tanned leather sections and some seam separations. The hide is soft and the beadwork is mostly intact with very slight bead loss. Provenance: From a private Montana Cowboy and Native American collection. Measures overall 57”L by 34”W from sleeve ends (width does not include sleeve fringes which are an additional 11” in length).