Lot 11

Sioux Hair Pipe Bone Chief's Breast Plate 19th C.

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

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This is an outstanding, authentic, bone hair pipe breast plate with mirror dating to the 19th Century from the Sioux Native American Indians of the Northern Plains. The piece shows fifty-four bone hairpipe (hair pipe) long early beads with a natural bone to slight yellow color from honest patina. The piece is constructed with four thick sections of harness saddle trade leather tied together with Indian tanned hide ties, further accented by solid brass round early trade beads and wound glass padre greasy blue early trade beads. The Indian tanned hide ties show a fringe at the outside edge of each harness leather strip; the fringe has a yellow mineral pigment ocher coloring and the hide itself is slightly stiffening from honest age. At the center of the breast plate is a round signal mirror set in a thin metal with rust patina. At the base of the breast plate (breastplate) is an Indian tanned hide, low hanging row of solid brass early trade beads and early glass trade beads. The top of the breast plate shows the original neck strap tie of Indian tanned hide with upside down “V” comprised of two bone hair pipe beads, each having the tie at the top with various early glass and early brass trade beads. Down the center of the breast plate are two long, thick harness saddle trade leather strips with rows of three early solid brass trade beads running down the entire center. The piece has an old collection museum tag, which is marked, “Old Plains Breastplate circa 1885 notice small mirror used as decoration”. Truly a wonderful representation of an 1800’s Chief’s or Warrior’s men’s breast plate from the Indian Wars era. The piece also shows one single metal and brass hawk trade bells. Provenance: From a fine American Indian collection from New Mexico. The piece was collected in the 1980-1990’s from an Arizona Trading Post with many items collected from Ken Canfield (1941-2006), a renowned Santa Fe, New Mexico dealer who established Canfield Gallery in the 1980’s. This breast plate is very similar to the Sioux Bone Hairpipe Breastplate from the James B. Scoville collection from the Wounded Knee Battlefield picked by the 7th Cav. Dec. 29th, 1890 / E195 Sioux-Hunkpapa sold by Cowan’s Auctions in 2019 for $10,880 (shown with BP); the example shows the same brass trade bead section down the center with horizontal hare pipe bone beads, fringe at the outside of the harness leather, low hanging brass bead rows, and a round trade signal mirror at the center. Also very similar to the Sioux Chief’s Breast Plate 19th Century sold by our company in 2017 for $3,600 (shown with BP); this example also shows the hair pipe bones running horizontally, brass trade beads down the center, brass trade beads along the neck piece, and a round trade signal mirror at the center. The piece is displayed on a custom museum metal display stand which expertly holds the piece. One of the better examples we have ever offered for sale and in well preserved good condition. Measures when on the display stand, including the stand, 20”H by 11.5”W. The breast plate itself is 38”L with top neck strap and long single hanging fringe by 28”W with the longest fringe.