This piece was purchased from a Michigan estate who inherited these early beaded pieces from Henry W. Andrews who collected them in the 1870's while he worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The collection purchased includes early examples of Huron, Ottawa, Eastern Sioux, Chippewa, Potawatomi, Winnebago and other tribes that were not donated directly to the New York Museum of the American Indian in 1914. A remarkable guide to identifying these pieces is to be found in "The Art of the Great Lakes Indians" by Richard Pohrt and the Flint Institute of Arts 1973.
These lovely Chippewa decorative tassels use all the seed bead colors that were available in the early 1850's. In pristine condition and featuring intact Germantown red trade wool and white heart center red Hudson's Bay Company beads and early faceted cobalt blue glass beads. The chestnut stained linen strap is a lovely orange brown color and is attached to a small piece of soft yellow and blue wool and linen plaid. A small brass pin unites the two linen straps and appears to be a period repair. The beads are a much finer size than normally found on beaded sashes and the like, and give this piece a strong visual appeal. I have never seen a piece like this outside of a museum setting. This is a piece of history. 16" x 2 1/4".
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