NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN MAN'S beautiful, antique, beaded toe, Osage moccasins. This beautiful pair of native, ochred (yellowed), hide moccasins are both sinew and thread sewn. They are so beautiful and have such a wonderful presence about them. The turned down cuffs are beaded in three rows, then a space is skipped, then the pattern is continued. The cuffs are beaded, red on one, blue on the other,and each cuff is edge beaded in traditional white. The design on the toe is just so memorable. It is a diamond, with a triangle on each point, tribute to the four directions or symbolic of feathers (?). The bead size is the tiny, tiny cut on one side, old southern plains fan handle size. I believe they are size 18 or 22. The bead colors are: opaque Italian white, dark cobalt blue, pony trader blue and transparent colors are dark ruby red and light green. The beads sparkle when any light hits them. The soles are commercial harness leather, now cracked with age. There is not a welt between the sole and the upper.
CONDITION: All beads appear intact with the exception of the right moccasin, the triangle towards the ankle tie is missing most of its beads, there appears to be a slight rip there. The heel seams are strong and good. The original ankle ties are still attached and are soft. There are several points on the toes where they look like they have been resewn to the soles during their life. The moccasins show water marks, soiling and actual dirt between the beads. The majority of the leather is soft, there is some light age related pitting to the leather on the left side of the right moccasin. All and all, for as old and as well worn and loved as they are, they are in excellent condition.
CIRCA: Late 1800's to early 1900's
SIZE: Length: 11" Width: 3 3/4"
Moccasins do not have an odor, they are stuffed with clean poly fill.
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