SOLD “The Shoshone Sentinel” loop necklace, Museum Quality Historical recreation

  • Reference: FC1135
  • Origin: Firewind Creations.
  • Period: Contemporary Historical Recreation
  • Size: 13 Rows.
  • Materials: Old stock Salvadori vintage French pony beads, old style solid French brass beads, vintage brass boot buttons, clam shell discs, vintage old stock pumpkin yellow seed beads, genuine 19th century French blue seed beads, red Stroud trade wool, feather, handcut Canadian deerskin fringe, harness leather.
  • Price: SOLD

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Description

“The Shoshone Sentinel” loop necklace, Museum Quality Historical recreation.

While many tribes across the Plains, Plateau and Basin areas would customarily be seen wearing bone hairpipe breastplates in the second half of the 19th century into the reservation period, like the Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, etc., other tribes like the Crow, Blackfoot, Flathead, and Nez Percé, among others, would rather favour this kind of ornament, often referred to as “loop necklace” or “Crow loop necklace”, and meant to symbolize the rib cage of the buffalo. There are many historical photos of warriors wearing this kind of necklace, the most famous ones probably being those of Chief Joseph.

This is a collectible museum-grade piece. I call it a “recreation”, and not a “replica”, in the sense that it is not a reproduction of a documented existing piece. Rather than a technical copy, this is an original creation made in a spirit and style reminiscent of the Shoshone.

This necklace is composed of 13 rows of vintage old stock Salvadori French pony beads in light blue and catlinite red. All rows are decorated with old style vintage French solid brass beads, and hand-cut and dyed Canadian deerskin fringe.

The last row is, very typically, ornamented with vintage brass boot buttons. The structure of the necklace consists of brown harness leather. Finally, the necklace is enhanced with two large clam shell discs, mounted in the traditional way, with brass beads, and hung from a lace through a third top hole.

There is a feather of Great Horned Owl, also known as Tiger Owl, mounted on the 4th row, its quill wrapped in traditional red Stroud trade wool, beaded with vintage old stock pumpkin yellow and genuine 19th century French opaque Bodmer blue seed beads, two colors typically favored by the Plateau tribes. I only use feathers picked up in the wild by myself, this specific feather was picked up on the shores of Valparaiso in Chile.

The finished piece was smoked over a campfire, with white sage, juniper and cedar.

I use as many antique or vintage components as I can find. I use absolutely no chemicals to artificially age the components. My aim is not to produce a make-believe antique, but rather to create a piece that shines in all the beauty it would have had at the time when it would have been worn, with some weathering, and reasonable age and wear from use.

Original one-of-a-kind creation.

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