A superb Southeastern bandoleer bag

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Lot 4315
A superb Southeastern bandoleer bag
length 32in

Sold for US$ 132,000 inc. premium

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Plains, Plateau and Woodlands
Property from an East Coast history museum
A superb Southeastern bandoleer bag
Comprised of red and black trade cloth, trimmed with silk and backed with printed cotton cloth, herringbone woven rickrack laid out in decorative patterns and outlined with glass beads, a single tassel suspended from the pointed flap.
length 32in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    William Spruce Macay, Salisbury, North Carolina; to Miss Louise Neave; as a gift to the Rowan Museum, Salisbury, NC. William Spruce Macay (d. ca. 1861) was the son of prominent lawyer and judge Spruce Macay (1755-1808), under whom Andrew Jackson studied law during his residence in Salisbury.

    A Museum brochure briefly describes the bag: "Visitors will see one of the most historically interesting relics - a Creek Indian bandoleer and pouch. It is a gift of Miss Louise Neave and was found among the effects of William Spruce Macay, a family connection.

    When the committee receiving relics prior to the opening in 1955 tried to identify it, none knew what it was. A Mason was consulted, but he ruled against the possibility of its being Masonic in origin. In order to definitely determine its classification, it was sent to the N.C. Department of Archives and History at Raleigh. Officials there were baffled. So from Raleigh it went to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington. It was returned with the following report: 'The beaded regalia is a Creek or a Southeastern Indian shoulder bandoleer and pouch. In tailoring and in decorative design it resembles two specimens in the U.S. National Museum. The red strouding, also the type of porcelain bead, ribbon and tape applique, all indicate a date fairly early in the 1800's. It is a fine museum specimen.'" That report was provided by William Sturtevant, Curator of North American Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.

    Most Southeast beaded bandoleer bags of this general sort tend to be strung with multiple tassels. Close inspection of this example, however, shows no holes or apparent indication of any such decoration along the strap's tabs or bag's lower perimeter. Other than for a few minor flaws, one could say this specimen is in superb, virtually original condition.

Saleroom notices

  • A superb Southeastern bandoleer bag. Print catalog only - the lot number to the left of the picture of the bag is incorrect.
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