Thursday, January 26, 2017

Iroquois and Wabanaki Images For Sale

Since my cancer diagnosis in 2013, I have been downsizing my collection. I began acquiring old images of Native peoples from the northeast woodlands when I was a teenager, some 50+ years ago, and have been actively collecting them since. But now it’s time to start finding new homes for these wonderful treasures.  There are hundreds of images in my collection which is comprised primarily of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Wabanaki subjects. The image formats are old postcards, tintypes, cabinet cards, CDV’s, stereoviews, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, etc. Some of these are exceptionally rare images and may represent the only example in existence. I will be adding more images over the coming weeks and months, so check back regularly if you have an interest in this material. These are all low resolution scans and you are welcome to make copies of these for your own use. The original images are much sharper and detailed and they are all for sale. The price is indicated in the description. Drop me a note with the item number of the piece(s) you’re interested in at gerrybiron@yahoo.com and I will send you a Paypal invoice. You can pay with a credit card through their secure website and you don’t need a Paypal account to do that as they will accept any major credit card. Your check or money order will also suffice as payment. The shipping is free to USA addresses. If you’re located outside the USA, contact me for a shipping quote. You should be able to click on any of the images to enlarge them. Both sides of the image are shown.
102 - Circa 1870 CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of an Iroquois family wearing beautifully beaded headdress and large bandoleer bags. Bandoleer bags are quite rare as they were generally not made for resale but rather for personal use. This image was also published in A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, 2012, page 167. The bag and headdress on the woman is the same one depicted in item 074 of this posting.  They may be a mother and daughter. Both bags and the man’s bandolier are decorated with a large floral motifs that are typical of Mohawk work from this period. Photographer: R. Richardson, 66 New Bridge St., Newcastle on Tyne, England. Price $250.

101 - Very rare 1920s real photo postcard of Jerry Lonecloud (1854–1930). He was an entertainer, ethnographer and medicine man for the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia. Historian Ruth Holmes Whitehead wrote a book about him titled Tracking Doctor Lonecloud: Showman to Legend Keeper. In the 1880s, Lonecloud adopted the name "Dr. Lonecloud" during his career with the Medicine and Wild West Shows, including John Healy and Charles Bigelow’s Kickapoo Medicine Show and Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show and the Kiowa Medicine Show. As an ethnographer he worked extensively with historian and archivist Harry Piers. He and his family were living at Tuff’s Cove in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia during the Halifax Explosion and two of his daughters were killed and he lost an eye. He died in Halifax in 1930. This image was also published in A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, 2012, page 160. 
Price $175. 

100 - A rare piece of  quack medicine advertisement featuring an Iroquois woman.  CDV sized (2.5 x 4 inches).  Prarie Flower was a Mohawk who worked for the Oregon Indian Medicine company. I wrote an  article about that outfit and the Iroquois participation in the medicine shows as they were know then. You can read it here and see other images of Iroquois participants in that enterprise. This piece is creased along the middle, as shown.
Price $75.

099 - Early 1880s tintype (2.5 x 4 inches in the sleeve) of two fashionable ladies. The one on the left is holding a Mohawk beaded box purse with a clover-leaf motif. They are generally referred to as such because of their box-like shape and because many of them have the word "BOX" beaded onto the lid. This image was also published in A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, 2012, page 148. This is the earliest example of a Mohawk box purse that I have seen. Certainly a rare and important document illustrating a piece of Iroquois beadwork. Price - $150.

098 - 1864 CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of presumably a father and son dressed in Indian attire. The boy is wearing an Iroquois beaded bag as well as a six-panel Iroquois beaded cap. The father has a large bandoleer bag strapped across his shoulder that is decorated with spiral motifs and his beaded headpiece is in a style made by the Mohawk. Both are wearing Iroquois beaded moccasins. They were dressed for their participation in the 1864 Albany, NY Sanitary Commission Fair. The Sanitary Commission was created during the Civil War to improve conditions for Union soldiers. It was a private relief agency, created by federal legislation, to support sick and wounded soldiers. It operated across the North, enlisted thousands of volunteers, and raised its own funds. Union ladies did fund-raising fairs in cities across the north, where paintings, photographs, and a host of other donated items were auctioned or sold to support the war effort. You can read more about the Sanitary Fairs in a blog posting I did some time ago where there are more images of these individuals. This image was also published in A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, 2012, page 116. Price $200.

097 - Circa 1905 real photo postcard of  Mary Mitchell Selmore, sometimes known as Mollie Mitchell, a Passamaquoddy elder from Pleasant Point, Maine, and a lifelong basket maker.  Mary’s husband , Sopiel Selmore, was for many years both the chief and wampum keeper of the Passamaquoddy.  I did a portrait of Mary some time ago and you can see it here.
Price $85.


096 -  An 1860s CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of the famed New York City opera star Felicita Vestvali. From 1855 to 1867 she specialized in "contralto" or trouser roles and was also photographed by Brady and Fredricks. She later went on to an acting career. She is wearing an Iroquois floral bag that is quite similar to one in the collection of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (number 72.162.1). This image, along with another one of her, was published in A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, 2012, page 113. Photographer: Jerimiah Gurney.
Price - $175.

095 - Sold - Real photo postcard of the Six Nation Iroquois band from Brandford, Ontario. The individual kneeling in the foreground is holding a bow or a staff and wearing a gostoweh, a traditional Iroquois man's headpiece. 
Price $135. 

094 - Sold - Circa 1906 real photo postcard of two Seneca children from Salamanca, NY. Photographer: J. Blessing of Salamanca. Price $75. 

093 - Sold - Stereo view by famed Adirondacks photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard of a group of either Mohawk or Abenaki children at Lake George, in upstate New York. Price $295.

092 - Circa 1880s Cabinet Card (4.25 x 6.25 inches) of two young women, each with a mid-19th century Iroquois beaded bag that is decorated with floral designs. Their clothing style also suggests a mid-19th century date so this may have been a copy of an older image.  Price $75.

091 - Circa 1900 cabinet card (6.5 x 4.25 inches) of eight-year-old Sadie Ely, proudly holding a Mohawk  purse.  The flower on her purse is done in the high-style of Mohawk raised beadwork. Photographer: Coulson & Anderson. No location indicated. This piece was published in A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, 2012, page 147. Price $95.

090 - Late 19th century CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of a Mohawk mother and child. Price $135.
089 - Sold - Glass Lantern Slide of a group of Iroquois at the 1893 World Colombian Exposition in Chicago. They were photographed at the Peristyle wearing their finest apparel.
Price -  $90.

088 - Late 19th century tintype of two young ladies. The one on the right is holding a beaded Iroquois barrel purse. Approximately 2.25 x 3.5 inches. Price $85. 

087 - Sold - Another rare Real Photo Postcard of Andrew Sockalexis, the Penobscot Marathon runner. This image is circa 1912.  Price $200.

086 - 1882 CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of Kahnawake Mohawk Riverboat pilot Big John Rice. Price $150

085 - Sold - Circa 1900 Cabinet card of Mi'kmaq chief John Sark.  He was a Mi’kmaq chief from the Lennox Island Reserve, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia. Many Mi’kmaq believed that there was power and magic in the decorations they placed on their personal attire. An artistic representation of a sacred plant, for instance, had a protective effect upon the wearer that was as powerful as the actual plant itself. Consequently many of their garments and personal adornments had these designs woven into them. Personal touches on John Sark’s coat are the hearts on each breast that were put there by a Maliseet on the occasion of the chief’s visit to their Reserve. They signify that he had a “good heart” towards them. A double-V in the center of the yoke was applied by a Mi’kmaq he visited at Cape Breton and are said to be the special symbol of that group. This is the same chief that is portrayed in item 037 of this posting.
Price $250.


084 - Circa 1890s CDV (2.25 x 4 inches) of a young Native girl in her finest dress. The design motifs on her dress are similar to those on a collar worn by Clara Neptune, a Penobscot, in image 011 of this posting. Price $175.

083 - Sold - A  very rare 1908 Real Photo Postcard for the Cattaraugus County Centennial Celebration in Salamanca, NY featuring Moses Taylor, a Seneca.  Price $135.

082 - An exceptionally rare circa 1860s CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of a Penobscot woman dressed in her finest apparel. I did a blog posting of this image some time ago that has additional images along with more info on the type of beaded bag she is wearing. Price $375.

081 - Sold - Circa 1910 Real Photo post card or Clara Neptune, a Penobscot from Old Town, Maine. Price $95.

080 - Circa 1920s Real Photo post card of Peter Ranco, a Penobscot from Maine with a display of baskets and a model canoe. He is also wearing a feathered headdress.  Price $135.

079 - Circa 1870s CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of a child with an Iroquois beaded bag. The bag appears to be decorated primarily with crystal beads, a technique that was prevalent among Iroquois beadworkers from about the 1860s to 1880s. Price $85.

078 - Sold - Real Photo post card of Goldie Jamison Conklin, a Seneca from the Cattaraugus Reservation in Western New York. She worked for a time as a model for the Cattaraugus Cutlery Company, promoting their products. I've done a blog posting about her where you can see additional images and info about her.  Price $150.

077 - Sold - Circa 1870s Stereo view by Photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard of an Indian basketmaker at Lake George in New York state. Possibly an Abenaki or Mohawk. Price $285.

076 - Circa 1880s CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of a Mohawk child wearing a beautiful beaded collar and belt. She is also holding a fabulous figurative beaded bag. Price $150. 


075 - Sold - Circa 1870 stereo view of an Indian basketmakers camp near Mt. Kineo, on Moosehead Lake in Maine. Great detail showing many baskets and other Native crafts for sale. Price $275.

074 - CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of an Iroquois woman with a beautiful beaded headdress and a large bandoleer bag. Bandoleer bags are quite rare as they were generally not made for resale but rather for personal use. This image was also published in A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, 2012, page 167. This woman is wearing the same beaded hat and bag the woman in item 102 of this posting is wearing. Price $250.


073 - Sold - Early 1860s CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) of an Abenaki basket camp in Franconia, New Hampshire. Price $250.


072 - Sold - Circa 1910 Real Photo Postcard of Seneca Chief Smoke from Salamaca, NY.
Price $110.

071 - Sold -  Circa 1910 Real Photo Post Card of a group of Seneca from the Tonawanda Reservation in western New York. The child in front is holding a Lacrosse stick and the young woman behind her has an eagle feather in her hat. Price $135.

070 - Circa 1870 CDV (approx. 2.5 x 4 inches) of three children dressed as Indians. The center child is holding an Iroquois floral bag. The child on the far right is holding a Tuscarora beaded watch pocket and is wearing a Tonawanda Seneca style beaded bag. These might have been studio props for the photographer. Price $175.

069 - Circa 1910 albumen (?) photograph (approx. 4 x 6 inches) of a group of individuals dressed in Indian beadwork. One lady is holding a Mohawk box purse with an owl motif.  Price $125.

068 - Sold - Circa 1860s stereo view of an Indian encampment, likely Penobscot, in Bar Harbor, Maine. Price $225.

067 - Sold - Circa 1906 Real Photo Post Card of  Mary MitchellSelmore (aka Big Mary). She was a Passamaquoddy and the second wife of long-time Passamaquoddy chief Sopiel Selmore. 
Price $95.

066 - Circa 1930 Real Photo Post Card and a business card from Penobscot
Chief Blue Jay's Indian store on the Penobscot reservation in Old Town, Maine. The price is for both the postcard and business card. Price $110.

065 - Sold - Circa 1860s CDV (approx. 2.5 x 4 inches) of siblings. The young girl is wearing an Iroquois floral bag. Price $85.

064 - Sold - Circa 1910 Real Photo Post Card of Penobscot Governor Saul Neptune.
Price $150.

063 - Sold - Circa 1910 printed postcard of Louis Watso and his family. They were Abenaki basket makers who had a shop at Blodgett's Landing on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire.
Price $55.

062 - 1865 CDV (approx. 2.5 x 4 inches) of a lady wearing an Iroquois floral bag. The photographer's blind stamp on the back says Rieterman, Toledo, Ohio. She may have been an actress dressed for a performance as this piece was part of a larger group of CDVs by the same photographer that featured theatrical performers. This image was published in my book A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Historic Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, on page 114. Price $200.

061 - Real Photo Post Card of several Penobscots on Indian Island in Old Town, Maine with a selection of baskets and snowshoes. Additionally, the individual seated on the steps may be governor Joe Francis who is holding a root club. Postmark is from 1911. Price $110.


060 - An 1860s, hand colored CDV (approx. 2.5 x 4 inches) of a child dressed as an Indian. He is wearing an Iroquois floral bag. Price $135.

059 - Sold - Very Rare, circa 1860s CDV (approx. 2.5 x 4 inches) of Molly Molasses (c. 1775 – 1867). Molly  or Mary Pelagie (or Balassee) Nicola was a Penobscot medicine woman of the Bear Clan.  Her name “Molasses,” may have been a nickname, or a corruption of Pelagie or, as she claimed it was given to her, "cuz she’s sweet," though not everyone agreed with that characterization. Among other things, Molly was a basketmaker. Though much has been written about her healing powers, which she used to help many of her people in their time of need, there were those who believed that she could also put a hex or spell on someone who wronged her with just a glance. "If she said you would die," one Indian told Fanny Hardy Eckstorm, "you would die." Price $125.

058 - Circa 1870 CDV (approx 2.5 x 4 inches) of a Tuscarora woman on Luna Island, Niagara Falls, NY. Luna Island is where many Tuscaroras sold their beadwork during the 19th century. Price $95.

057 - Circa 1870 CDV (approx 2.5 x 4 inches) of a young man identified as Tommy Atkins dressed in Iroquois beadwork. Photograph from Otterville, Ontario, Canada, not far from the Six Nations Reserve. Price $175.

056 - A dated, 1886 CDV (approx. 2.5 x 4 inches) of Mohawk chief Scarface Bear. On the back he is incorrectly referred to as a Warm Spring Indian. He was actually from the Kahnawake Reserve near Montreal. He actually worked in the entertainment business and the Wild West shows and for a time was employed by the Oregon Indian Medicine Company based in Corry, PA. I did a blog posting about them some time ago where you can find more info about Scarface Bear. Click on this link to read it.  Price $250.

055 - A very rare, Circa 1860s CDV (approx 2.5 x 4 inches) on an Iroquois couple. Both are wearing exceptional beaded headpieces and additionally the man has an Iroquois bandoleer bag.  Price $225.

054 - Circa 1870 tintype (2.4 x 3.5 inches) of a young girl wearing an Iroquois beaded cap that is also decorated with feathers. Price $175.

053 - Fabulous hand-colored 1860s  CDV (approx. 2.5 x 4 inches) of a Seneca woman wearing an Iroquois beaded floral bag. This image was published in my book A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Historic Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, on page 100. Price $350. 

052 - Sold -1860s CDV  (2.25 x 4 inches) of a Seneca woman. Under high magnification she can be seen wearing moccasins that are decorated with porcupine quills. Her dress is decorated with silver broaches and she is holding a splint basket. Price $135.


051 - Circa 1870 tintype, (2.25 x 3.5 inches) of a gentleman wearing an Iroquois beaded cap.
Price $135.

050 - A large (4.8 x 7 inch) 1880s tintype of a young lady wearing what is either a Mohawk or Tuscarora box purse. I've owned many of these purses over the years as they were the type that were sold to tourist who visited places like Niagara Falls, travel destinations in the Thousand Island region along the St. Lawrence River, Saratoga Springs, Montreal, etc. They were often collected as a souvenir of their trip. Price $225. 


049 - CDV of a  group of enactors at the Sanitary Commission Fair, Albany, New York, February, 1864. Photographer: J.H. Abbott, Albany, New York. Many of these individuals are wearing Iroquois beadwork.  One dress in particular, worn by a Mrs. Clinton Ten Eyck (the woman on the far right), appears to be the identical dress worn by Caroline Parker, a Seneca beadworker, in a famous daguerreotype of her. Price $250.

048 - CDV of a  group of enactors at the Sanitary Commission Fair, Albany, New York, February, 1864. Photographer: J.H. Abbott, Albany, New York. Many of these individuals are wearing Iroquois beadwork. Price $250.

047 - Sold Circa 1920 Real Photo postcard of Iroquois Chief Big Thunder with a model canoe. Price $95.


046 - 1860s tintype. Both women are wearing Iroquois floral bags. They may have been actors in a theatrical production. It's quite rare to find such an old piece that contains three Iroquois beaded bags. Price $275.

045 - Sold Circa 1906 Real Photo postcard of a Mi'kmaq encampment, somewhere in Nova Scotia. Price $150.

044 - 1912 Real Photo postcard of Penobscot Governor Joe Francis. He is wearing the same beaded collar as Clara Neptune in  item #011. Price $150.

043 - Sold A circa 1910 Real Photo postcard of Mi'kmac Chief Jim Meuse of Bear River, Nova Scotia, with his family. Price $135.



042 - Circa 1910 Real photo postcard of  Mi'kmaq chief Noel and his wife. Both are wearing beautiful beadwork along with a display of their baskets. Price $150.


041 - Sold Very  rare 1912 Real Photo postcard of Andrew Sockalexis, the Penobscot marathon runner with his trophies. Price $350.


040 - Sold Very rare circa 1912 Real Photo postcard of Andrew Sockalexis, the Penobscot marathon runner with his trophies at his home on Indian Island, in Old Town, Maine. Price $275.


039 - Sold Circa 1910 Real Photo postcard of a group of Native basketmakers working for a commercial basket manufacturer in Peterboro, New Hampshire. These were possibly Penobscots. Price $150.


038 - Circa 1912 Real Photo postcard of Penobscot Chief Frank Loring, aka Big Thunder. He was involved in the entertainment business for a good part of his life. Price $75.

037 - Circa 1910 Real Photo postcard of Mi'kmaq Chief John Sark. He was a Mi’kmaq chief from the Lennox Island Reserve, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia. Many Mi’kmaq believed that there was power and magic in the decorations they placed on their personal attire. An artistic representation of a sacred plant, for instance, had a protective effect upon the wearer that was as powerful as the actual plant itself. Consequently many of their garments and personal adornments had these designs woven into them.
Personal touches on John Sark’s coat are the hearts on each breast that were put there by a Maliseet on the occasion of the chief’s visit to their Reserve. They signify that he had a “good heart” towards them. A double-V in the center of the yoke was applied by a Mi’kmaq he visited at Cape Breton and are said to be the special symbol of that group. Price $145.



036 - Circa 1860s Carte de Visite (CDV) of a young woman dressed as an Indian and wearing an Iroquois floral bag. She may have been involved in a theatrical performance. Size is approximately 2.5 x 4 inches. Images of non-Native people wearing Iroquois beadwork are quite rare. Price $350. 

035 - Sold - Circa 1910 Printed postcard of two Canadian Mohawks from Kahnawake. The caption on the card translates to The Guardian of the Peace and his Wife. Price $75.


034 - A circa 1910 Real Photo postcard of Mi'kmac Chief Jim Meuse of Bear River, Nova Scotia, selling baskets with his family. This image was published in Elitekey: Micmac Material Culture from 1600 AD to the Present by Ruth Holmes Whitehead, page 65. Price $150.


033 - Sold - A fabulous Circa 1905 Real Photo postcard of a group of Passamaquoddy dressed in their finest attire.  Price $135.


032 - Circa 1940 Real Photo postcard of Peter Stanley, a Passamaquoddy basketmaker. He died sometime in the 1960s. Price $65.


031 - Circa 1910 Real Photo postcard of Charles Mitchel, a Passamaquoddy dressed in incredible beadwork and with a very interesting note on the back. The inscription reads: Dear Paul, I send you this picture of an Indian who we meet every summer. His name is Charles Mitchel and he seems like a very nice man. He brings baskets & pretty things which he makes for sale - He lives up in the woods all winter and makes these things for a living - Kindly your friend E. A. Smith. Price $175.


030 - A circa 1940s Real Photo postcard of Tuscarora chief Clinton Rickard.  Price $55.


029 - Sold Circa 1860s tintype of a lady wearing Iroquois moccasins and an Iroquois Glengarry hat. This image was published in my book A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Historic Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Art, page 100. Size is approximately 2.75 x 4 inches. Old images of individuals wearing Iroquois beadwork are quite rare. Price $275.


028 - Sold Circa 1910 Printed postcard of two Kahnawake Mohawks. Price $55.


027 - Circa 1905 printed postcard  Big John Canadien and Baptiste Taiaiake, two famous Kahnawake Mohawk river pilots. Price $65. 


026- Circa 1907 Real Photo postcard of Mamie Joseph on the right, her son Russell Joseph, a.k.a. Russel Joe, and Maime’s sister Frances Joseph Sapiel, Indian Island, Old Town, Maine. Price  $125.

025 - Exceptionally rare 1910 printed postcard of  a group of Mi'kmaq children dressed in their finest attire. Price $55.

024 - Circa 1910 printed postcard of a group of Mi'kmaq chiefs and their wives, dressed in their finest regalia. Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Price $35.

023 - Circa 1930 Real Photo postcard of Iroquois chief Jerry Aaron, possibly from the Six Nations Reserve in Brantford, Ontario with a group of masks, rattles and other artifacts in the background. Price $110.

022 -Sold A dated (1934) Real Photo postcards of a group of Seneca's from Salamanca, NY.  A fabulous image with great content.  Price $135.

021 - A circa 1910 printed postcard of a group of three Mi'kmaq basketmakers from Chester, Nova Scotia.  Price $45.

020 - Sold A fabulous circa 1907 Real Photo postcard of a Mi'kmaq basketmakers encampment in Chester, Nova Scotia. With a great selection of baskets in the foreground. Price $195.

019 - 1909 Real Photo postcard  of a Seneca archer and lacrosse player from Salamanca, New York. Photographer was J.L. Blessing of Salamanca, NY. Price $110. 

018 - A sleeved Cabinet Card of  Clara Neptune, from Old Town, Maine. Size is approximately 4.25 x 6.25 inches. Clara was an exceptional basketmaker and I have owned numerous images of her over the years, many of which featured her beautiful baskets. This is the only cabinet card of her that I am familiar with. Dates to the 1890 - 1900 period. Price $295. 

017 - Real Photo Postcard of Bruce Poolaw, aka Chief Poolaw, a Kiowa entertainer from Oklahoma. He married Watawaso, a Penobscot and together they built the Teepee basket store on Indian Island, in Old Town, Maine.  Lots of interesting signage on this image. Price $110.

016 - Real Photo postcard of Sylvia Stanislaus (died 1938) selling her baskets. She and her husband Stephen and son Francis lived in the Penobscot community on Mattanawcook Island near Lincoln, Maine until 1910. Her husband served as tribal governor for several terms. Sylvia is said to have been a Passamaquoddy orphan. She represented the Penobscot at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and again at the San Francisco Exposition in 1906. Price $175.

015 - Circa 1920 Real Photo postcard of the Penobscot Basket Store on Indian Island, in Old Town, Maine. This was located near the boat landing on Indian Island and was likely the precursor to Chief Poolaw’s Teepee, a basket store that was later located near the same site. A rare image with interesting signage and baskets hanging from the rafters of the porch. Price $85.

014 - Sold Circa 1910 Real Photo postcard for an individual from the Tonawanda Seneca Reservation in western, New York. He is wearing a beaded sash and holding a lacrosse stick. 
Price $95.

013 - Circa 1912 Real Photo postcard of Louis Nicholas, a Penobscot from Old Town, Maine wearing a fabulous beaded coat. Photographer: A.F. Orr, from Old Town. Price $175.

012 - Circa 1910 Real Photo postcard of a Mohawk man wearing a large, beaded tri-lobed pincushion at his waist and holding an elm bark canoe model. Images of individuals wearing Iroquois whimsies are quite rare. Price $175.

011 - Circa 1920 Real Photo Postcard of Clara Neptune, from Old Town, Maine. Clara was an exceptional basketmaker. I have owned numerous images of her over the years, many of which featured her beautiful baskets. This is the only image of her that I am familiar with where she is wearing a beaded Chief's collar.  This is the same collar that Governor Joe Francis is wearing in item #044. Price $150.

010 - Mid-1920s Real Photo postcard of two Akwesasne Mohawks with baskets. The gentleman on the left is wearing a beautifully beaded headpiece. Price $65.

009 - Sold Circa 1920 Real Photo postcard of a large selection of baskets that were made by the Seneca Nation in Salamanca, NY. Price $150.

008 - Circa 1910 Real Photo postcard. Although these are likely not Native subjects, the lady on the left is holding a beaded Mohawk purse with an animal motif. Images of individuals wearing Iroquois whimsies are quite rare. This was published in my book, A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Historic Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Beadwork, 2012 on page 124. Price $150.

007 - Circa 1910 Real Photo postcard of two individuals from the Tonawanda Seneca Reservation in western, New York.  Price $55.

006 - Circa 1910 Real Photo Postcard of Big Bear, a Mohawk from the Kahnawake (formally Caughnawaga) Reserve near Montreal. Although his attire is in the style of the Great Central Plains, he is also wearing a heart-shaped, beaded Mohawk pincushion.  He was likely involved in the entertainment business via the Wild West and Medicine shows. This is only one of a handful of images I have seen in 50+ years of collecting where the subject was wearing a piece of so-called "whimsey" beadwork. Price $175. 

005 - Circa 1910 Printed postcard of Mohawk chief Scarface. He participated in many Wild West and Medicine Shows and for a time worked for the Oregon Indian Medicine Company in Corry, PA. Price $35.

004 - Circa 1908 Real Photo postcard of Chief Moses Ground, from the Tonawanda Seneca Reservation. Photographer : Ethel Woodworth, Gasport, New York. Price $110.


003 - Circa 1910 Real Photo postcard of two Penobscot basket makers, one splitting ash and the other weaving sweet grass.  Caption reads: "Splitting Ash for Baskets and Braiding Grass, Indian Island, Old Town, Me." Price $160.

002 - Sold Circa 1910 Real Photo postcard of a Tuscarora chief. Price $85.



001 - Printed postcard of a group of Maliseet dressed in their finest attire. The photo was taken during the St. Anne's Day celebration at Kingsclear. The original image was taken c.1880 by Fredericton, NB photographer William Taylor. This postcard  was posted in 1913. A very rare view.  Price $135.