Winnebago Beaded And Fringed Sash Belt 1860's
Collected by Henry W. Andrews in the 1870's. Andrews, who worked for the BIA in the Great Lakes area, collected this marvelous beaded sash that was purchased from his family in the early 1900's.
The sash is in great condition for its age and is composed of loom worked beads, wool braid trim and finely twined wool braided fringe along with the fully intact long beaded trim with twisted wool tassels. The period bead colors are "bottle green" clear, wine red, sky blue "corn" yellow, cobalt blue light, cobalt blue dark, translucent turquoise blue, "Cheyenne" pink, white winter rose, "Sioux" grass green, clear amber and
French chalk white.
The loomed belt portion is slightly over 3' x 37" with the lovely multi-colored beaded fringe (seventeen long strands on each end measuring over 30" each-60" total). The total length of this magnificent piece measures over 7' in length.
The design elements are typical of the period and feature eight pointed "stars" and "flowers". This piece is part of a large lot of material collected by Andrews from the Winnebago, Pottawatomie, Cree and related tribes (see other items he collected from the same Michigan family that I will be listing on my site). This and other pieces have only had two owners and have resided in Michigan for almost 150 years hence their pristine condition which is rare for items like these.