This historic Sioux quilled vest dates from 1872 and was a gift from Spotted Tail (Sinte Geleska) to General Cook who was Indian Commissioner at the Rosebud Reservation during the Indian Wars. This is part of a large collection of Indian artwork that was given to him during his tenure at Rosebud and represented gifts from such notables as Red Cloud and other war chiefs. The vest is all you'd ever want in a quilled vest and represents the finest Yankton quill work. The American eagle and flag motif at this date symbolized the Indian's attempts to attain a peaceful settlement and be seen as equal citizens. The condition of this vest and all other items stem from their hundred year storage in a large sealed tin container which held war shirts, pipe bags, beaded belts, moccasins, pipes and pipe axes to list just a few. This accounts for the vests impeccable condition and vibrant original quill work on the brain tanned deer hide. The vest is lined with a wonderful post Civil War brown fabric and is in pristine condition. Without a doubt, this is the finest quilled vest in existence and is worthy of the Smithsonian. Additional pictures on request. "The American Indian The American Flag" by the Flint Institute of the Arts for reference.
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