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Northern Plains Bone Hair Pipe Breastplate 1870's
Collected by General John Cook during the Indian Wars in South Dakota in the 1870's, the actual tribal origin of the breastplate wasn't noted in his memoirs, but is either Lakota or Northern Cheyenne. Made of sixty six 4" bone hair pipes, brain tanned thongs, sinew, harness leather, old brass tacks, opaque wound glass deep sky blue beads, three translucent blue Peking glass circlets, circular shell disk, brass trade beads and chalk white glass tube beads. Other than some oxidation and aging on the latigo harness leather strips the piece is in fabulous condition due to its storage in a large Armor Meat Company tin along with the majority of the other items collected at Pine Ridge in the early 1870's. This is the best breastplate of have seen. Breastplate dimensions are 12" in length (not including the fringe) and 9 1/4" wide. Fringe measures 15" long.
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