Lot 90

Plateau Beaded Hide Full-Size Pad Saddle 1900-

Estimate: $1,250 - $1,750

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$1,000 $100
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$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
The lot features a wonderful, full-size, beaded Indian tanned hide pad saddle adorned with old geometric beadwork attributed to the Plateau region Native American Indians of the 1900’s. This vintage example shows an Indian tanned buckskin pad saddle traditional pattern, those of which were traditionally stuffed with horsehair. It is backed with a trade cloth trade canvas and displays tab hanging panels with hand cut fringe constructed of heavy Great American Bison Buffalo Indian tanned hide. The piece is further adorned with old Venetian 19th Century glass trade seed beads. The piece is in the correct pattern, construction, and material of other early examples showing the two-part stuffed pad saddle with added tab drops holding integral fringe and beadwork and further accented by cutout sections of beadwork, which has been applied / sewn to the four corners of the saddle. The piece is attributed to the Plateau Basin Indian region of the Northwest and likely comes from the Flathead tribe of Montana or Nez Perce tribe of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. The piece is said to have a “vintage” age and is nearly identical in manufacture and beadwork pattern as the example sold as “Sioux” and dated as circa 1890-1900 from Fort Totten and Turtle Mountain North Dakota sold by Dan Morphy Auctions for $750 in April 2019. Overall, it measures when laid flat with fringes out 37”W by 21” and approximately 4.5” thick.
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