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Minihaha and Haiwatha Match Holders--Native American Sculptures
These two wonderful old Match Holders depicting Minihaha and Hiawatha were made by Artist and Sculptor, F. C. Nedderhut of St. Louis, Mo. The facial characteristics and detail are exceptional. The colors are rich and strong. The hole for the matches is in the top of the Headdress. It is 1" diameter (round) and 1 1/4" deep. Each piece has a strong embedded wire hanger in the top for hanging them on the wall. Both Match Holders have the Sculptors Name, City and Date incised on the back. They appear to be made of hard cast ceramic and Plaster of Paris. Minihaha is dated 1901 and Hiawatha is dated 1902.
When I got them many years ago the person I bought them from told me that the Sculptor, F. C. Nedderhutt, was married to one of the Busch family women. I do not know if that is true.
Each Match Holder is 8" high and 5 1/2" wide and weighs 12 oz. They are in excellent original condition. These are very special pieces and believed to be one of a kind.
Mr. Nedderhutt lived in St. Louis, Mo. all of his life (1871-1953) and worked from his own shop/studio. Although his works are not widely known at this time he did such things as a life size bust of General John J. Pershing and another bust of President Woodrow Wilson. The Historical libraries in St. Louis have newspaper articles & photos verifying this. I have copies to give you at purchase.
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