Antique Native American Rattle, Museum Quality Historical restoration
- Reference: FC1153
- Origin: Firewind Creations.
- Period: Historical Restoration of Antique Rattle.
- Size: Rattle to tip of handle 30cm, beaded drop 48cm.
- Materials: Canadian deerskin, deer fur, turtle shell, hazelnut wood, red wool trade cloth, antique seed and pony beads, 18th century Venetian French Cross beads, feathers, hawk bells.
- Price: 645€
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Antique Native American Rattle, Museum Quality Historical restoration.
This is an antique Native American rattle, likely dating back to the 30’s or 40’s. It was in such mangled condition that it was asking for a complete restoration, which was done in the style of an Arapaho ceremonial rattle of circa 1850.
The structure is composed of a hazelnut wood handle on which a turtle shell is affixed and encased in leather. These rattles traditionally contain badger teeth. There is a strip of deer fur around the neck of the rattle. The handle is dressed with deerskin, decorated with a strip of red trade wool that is beaded with chalk white, Bodmer blue, and butterscotch yellow seed beads. Two dangles hang from the neck of the rattle, decorated with antique cobalt blue, translucent amber, and 18th century “French Cross” venetian beads, and feathers collected in the wild.
The beaded drop is fixed in traditional fashion to the handle by a sewn fringed deerskin band, and fastened with deerskin lacing. It is beaded with a typical motif and colors used by the Arapaho (cross influences between Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho are always noticeable). Seed beads colors are: chalk white, royal/navy blue, butterscotch yellow, lavender, translucent ruby, and light green.The “ladder”style of beadwork, as opposed to a fully beaded surface, is typical of early 19th century pieces, and from an area that extends south of Lakota territory into the Southern Plains.
The lower part of the drop is enhanced with 4-directions crosses beaded on red wool trade cloth in baby powder blue, Bodmer blue and light green, three hawk bells, and long twisted fringe. The edge of the drop is beaded with 19th century red white heart pony beads.
Aged Canadian deerskin; deer fur; turtle shell; hazelnut wood handle; red trade wool; antique seed beads in chalk white, opaque royal/navy blue, butterscotch yellow, translucent Bodmer blue, lavender, translucent ruby red, baby powder blue, and light green; hawk bells; 18th century Venetian “French Cross” beads, 19th century venetian crow beads in translucent amber and cobalt blue, 19th century red white heart pony beads.
The finished piece was smoked with prairie sage, juniper and flat cedar.
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