19th century Crow warshirt may stitch up $60,000 in two-day specialty auction

(Photo courtesy Manitou Galleries)

(Photo courtesy Manitou Galleries)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Manitou Galleries of Cheyenne, Wyo., and The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction of Idaho are presenting the 26th annual “March In Montana,” at the Townhouse Inn, 1411 10th Ave South, in Great Falls, Mont., March 14-16. This special annual

(Photo courtesy Manitou Galleries)

(Photo courtesy Manitou Galleries)

Western-themed event, held in conjunction with events celebrating artist Charles M. Russell’s birthday, consists of a two-day, 653-lot auction and three-day dealer show featuring fine art, cowboy and Indian antiques. Online auction bidding will be offered by iCollector.com.

The fine art category includes works by Gary Carter, Edouard Cortés, Gordon Coutts, Don Crowley, Nick Eggenhofer, Robert Farrington Elwell, Frank Hoffman, Gilbert Gaul, William Gollings, Frank Tenney Johnson, Elizabeth Lochrie, John Norval Marchand, Frank McCarthy, Alfred Morang, Alexander Phimister Proctor, James Kenneth Ralston and Charles Marion Russell, among others.

A collection of seldom-presented pieces by Bob Scriver (1914-1999) and Earle E. Heikka (1910-1941) highlight the sale, in which nearly 90 bronzes are offered. Bob Scriver’s “Salute To The Buffalo Robe” bronze measures 18 inches by 14 inches by 6 inches and holds an embedded Fort Benton 150th Anniversary medallion. Inscribed “-SPECIAL- TO: LORAN & DELORES PERRY © 1995 BOB SCRIVER,” this special edition of 36 by the Arrowhead Bronze Foundry was commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the

(Photo courtesy Manitou Galleries)

(Photo courtesy Manitou Galleries)

establishment of Fort Benton – the birthplace of Montana. The lot includes a certificate of authenticity from the Fort Benton Committee and holds a presale estimate of $10,000 to $20,000.

Heikka’s “Changing Riders On The Pony Express” is inscribed “E. E. Heikka -3,” and marked “© H. METTLER CONS, J. G. STEVENS CONS 28/35 1976”; the 15 1/2-inch by 23-inch by 8 1/2-inch bronze carries the Powell Bronze (Kalispell, Montana) medallion and carries an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.

Inspired by Thomas Molesworth’s artistic excellence, the Sweet Water Ranch Furniture Co. carried on the Molesworth tradition. Thirteen lots will be available including a moose antler club chair with ottoman. The leather chair, measuring 35 inches by 48 inches by 38 inches features moose antlers and carved moose side panels. The leather ottoman, measuring 14 inches by 19 1/2 inches by 19 1/2 inches, offers a classic burlwood design with brass tacks and the Sweet Water Ranch stamp underneath with the craftsmen’s names: Jolene Emmett, Rick (Fly) Brod & Tim Lozier. The set carries an estimate of $5,000 to $10,000.

Investment-quality Native American artifacts abound, including an extensively fringed 19th century Crow beaded warshirt with striking multi-colored beaded strips down each arm and over each shoulder that is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000; dozens of weavings, including 19th century Chief’s blankets, Blackfeet and Sioux saddle drapes; and more.

The dealer show takes place 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 15-16. Auction previews will be held March 13 from noon-5 p.m.; March 14 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (during the dealer show); and March 15-16 from 9-11 a.m., preceding the 11 a.m. auction kickoff each day. For more information on the March In Montana Dealer Show and Auction, visit MarchInMontana.com or contact 307-635-0019 or info@MarchInMontana.com.

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