Featured Beaded sheath

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by bobsyouruncle, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. bobsyouruncle

    bobsyouruncle Well-Known Member

    Hoping someone can authenticate this beadwork. I've had it for quite some time but do realize there have been many reproductions. The beads look old but I'm just not sure.
    Thank you IMG_1781.JPG IMG_1782.JPG IMG_1783.JPG IMG_1785.JPG IMG_1784.JPG IMG_1786.JPG
  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    she's a looker...
    seed beads look good,,,with enuf dirt for age..
    leather looks nice for an antique...
    mfg...looks right for late 1800's
    can't see the metal cones well enuf..but they look older and should have had feathers which decay with use , over time.
    I'd say made in the Plains....maybe Sioux....but can't confirm !
  3. bobsyouruncle

    bobsyouruncle Well-Known Member

    Thank you Komokwa….I liked it before, now even more.
    I will reserve a little doubt but your opinion means a great deal to me.
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    lets see what others have to add !!
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  5. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    can you tell if the beads are sewn with cotton thread...or sinew.????
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  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is a beauty, byu.
    Or horse hair.
  8. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    It's a pretty thing... you are fortunate to have it, whether authentic or not.
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  9. Kathy Anderson

    Kathy Anderson Well-Known Member

    Yup, Native American, plains, could be Sioux, but not sufficiently well versed to say, but see https://www.ebay.com/itm/352920520088. It's "lazy stitch"; some call it "couched" beadwork. There are "jingles" shown on either side on the pic of the back. These starting appearing on dance dresses among the Chippewa around 1925. They were rolled from the top of tobacco cans and are widely used today, commercially produced. There's no way for me to guess about the stitching without seeing it under a glass and touching it. It could be sinew (older), linen (newer). Is there a shine to the fiber? Do the fibers spread apart by the fingernail? Under a glass, are there tiny frays? A yes to those means more likely linen. And, can you put up a pic of the two silver beads at the top? They, I could guess an approximate age.
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  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Jingles are much bigger though, these small ones are called cones. There is a link between the two, but the use is different.
    Cones were used long before the tobacco lid dance jingles. They often held feathers or hair, but were also used as they were as decoration or for the sound. The high pitch clinking sound often had a spiritual connotation. When there are just a few, like here, they usually held something.

    Woodland bag ca 1755 with dyed (moose?) hair in cones:

    Cones as decoration and for the sound, antique Apache bag, possibly a 'strike a light' bag:

    Contemporary Jingle dancers. The jingle dance is originally a healing dance, hence the specific use of tobacco tin lids (tobacco is one of the main sacred plants)
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  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    ya, i should have said hair.... but i was sleepy...;):yawn::yawn:
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