Beaded buffalo hide moccasins poised to fetch $1,000


Cheyenne beaded buffalo hide moccasins. (Photo courtesy Cowan’s Auctions)

CINCINNATI, OH – A pair Blackfoot beaded hide moccasins and Cheyenne beaded buffalo hide moccasins, both carrying a pre-sale estimate of $800 – $1,200 are two of the more than 300 lots of American Indian and Western art set for sale April 5, at Cowan’s Auctions 2013 American Indian Art auction.

The lots, which items from various centuries, include a much-talked about Navajo First Phase, Ute-style Chief’s blanket, circa mid-1800s, which is expected to fetch $400,000 – $500,000. This blanket is an exceptionally fine weave in native handspun brown and indigo churro wool. In addition, the sale will offer a selection of items from the collection of Marvin L. Lince. As a collector of American Indian art since the late 1980s, Lince has amassed an impressive collection with many rare items, ranging from a mid-19th century Sioux Three-Bladed Knife Club to an early 19th century sophisticated and masterfully Quilled Metis Knife Sheath and Dag Knife.


Navajo First Phase, Ute-style Chief’s blanket, circa mid-1800s. (Photo courtesy Cowan’s Auctions)

Cowan’s will also offer baskets and Pueblo pottery from the collection of Dr. Kent and Karen Vickery. Dr. Vickery (1942-2011) was a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati for 34 years. Pottery by Roxanne Swentzell, Margaret Tafoya, Maria Martinez, and Helen Hardin will be offered, as well as furniture and other items painted and sold at the original Shiprock Trading Post.

“I am pleased and honored to be able to offer high quality collections and an interesting selection of art for this auction,” notes Danica Farnand, Director, American Indian Art, “I feel that this will be an exciting sale.”

Other lots gaining early attention include:

  • Cheyenne River Sioux Beaded Pictorial Vest estimated to bring $25,000 – $35,000
  •  Eastern Plains Three-Bladed Knife Club is estimated to sell between $150,000 – $250,000
  • Iroquois Figural Ball Club is expected to bring $60,000 – $80,000
  • Central Plains Bear Claw Necklace is estimated at $60,000 – $80,000
  • Southern Plains Style Pipe Tomahawk with Inlay is estimated at $30,000 – $40,000
  • Sioux Beaded and Quilled Hide War Shirt is expected to sell for $15,000 – $20,000
  • Santee Sioux Beaded Hide Jacket is estimated at $3,000/5,000
Eastern Plains three-bladed knife club, carries a presale estimate of $150,000 - $250,000. (Photo courtesy Cowan's Auctions)

Eastern Plains three-bladed knife club, carries a presale estimate of $150,000 – $250,000. (Photo courtesy Cowan’s Auctions)

Other notable lots to hit the auction block on April 5, 2013 include a Navajo Room Size Western Reservation Weaving, estimated at $14,000 – $18,000, a Hopi Seed Jar attributed to Nampeyo, estimated at $4,000 – $6,000, an Edward Curtis Orotone photograph, titled “The Vanishing Race,” estimated to sell for $4,000 – $5,000, and many other photographs.

For more information about the auction or to consign for future auctions, please visit or call Danica Farnand at 513.871.1670 ext. 15.


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