The Bones Collection, including an early Cheyenne quilled war shirt
Of mountain sheep hide, open at the sides, an imposing quilled rosette prominently placed at front and back, quilled strips applied across the shoulders and down the sleeves, quill-wrapped hair suspensions align the arms, blue dye coloring the undecorated hide of the upper sections, red stroud cloth trimming the neck.
Cheyenne tobacco bag
Beaded identically on both sides with a concentric box composition, an hourglass motif across the quill-wrapped rawhide slats, twisted fringe suspensions.
Plains bowcase, quiver, and arrows
Narrow bands of beading about the mouth and along a lengthy drop finished with red dye and horsehair, short fringe at both ends, the bowcase no longer attached to the quiver; with associated single-curved bow and five arrows, three of these with remaining steel tips.
length of quiver 40in, bow 48 1/2in
With flattened wood stem and T-form catlinite bowl, brass tacks applied on the top, quilled decoration now lacking.
length 27 1/2in
Anglo-American mourning dress
Of black silk, with flecks of blue, gold, green and red, trimmed with black lace: "This dress belonged to Sally Rood Doolittle, great grandmother to Ben Roland Bones, mother of James R. Doolittle, Senator for years during the Civil War days. Died in Racine, Wisconsin, September 7, 1880."
Anglo-American beaded purse
In variegated blue-green crochet, decorated with steel-cut faceted beads, metal clasp at top and chainlink handle, "This purse and bag were part of the wedding outfit of bride in 1851, Delia Doolittle, who was married to Marquis Fargo Cutting."
length 8 1/2in
Extensive family history and Museum research regarding the collection accompany the lot.
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