Auction of the Week: Morphy Auctions Western & Native American Sale, April 12, 2019
Our featured sale this week is the Morphy Auctions Gold Rush, Western & Native American Sale, which takes place in Las Vegas on April 12. From legendary Old West outlaws to stunning Native American craftsmanship, here are some of our favourite Old West artifacts on offer.
Buffalo Bill Silk Handkerchief
Estimate: $700 - $1,000
A highly rare late 19th/early 20th century silk handkerchief decorated with a silk screen image of the Wild West showman William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody.
This fragile antique handkerchief would have been sold as a souvenir, during a period in which Buffalo Bill toured the world with his troupe of performers, playing to audiences including royalty and heads of state.
Rare 1880's Green Sombrero
Estimate $5,000 - $7,500
An extremely rare antique sombrero dating from the 1880s, made from rabbit fur with a Russian leather sweatband and finished in a seldom seen dark green.
The hat features a striking gold bullion threaded floral motif, and a brim covered in three dimensional gold and silver flowers and vine.
Native American Sioux Saddle Blanket
Estimate: $4,500 - $6,500
A 19th century Sioux saddle blanket, with stunning embroidered designs including a horse and rider waving an American flag.
The intricate decoration includes beads, hawk bells and a buckskin fringe, and shows visual signs of use in period.
Original Butch Cassidy Tin Type Photograph
Estimate $10,000 - $15,000
A rare original tin type photograph depicting a young Robert Leroy Parker, otherwise known as the famous Old West outlaw Butch Cassidy.
This photograph features Cassidy (bottom right) along with three friends, and is the only known image taken prior to his incarceration for stealing horses in 1894.
When he was released from prison in 1896 he went on to form the Wild Bunch gang, and form a now-legendary partnership with Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, also known as the Sundance Kid.
Carved Wooden Tobacco Cigar Store Indian Figure
Estimate $10,000 - $18,000
An early Cigar Store figure depicting a Native American woman, circa 1885, attributed to the studio of Samuel Robb.
Robb ran the largest wood carving studio in 19th century New York, and was renowned for his cigar store figures, ventriloquist's dummies and elaborate circus wagons.
Replica Concord Stagecoach
Estimate $30,000 - $40,000
A unique custom-made replica of a Concord coach, one of the Old West's most comfortable and durable stagecoaches.
The coaches were built in Concord, New Hampshire from 1830-1900, and were much-favoured by passengers due to the smooth rocking motion of the carriage, which helped with shock absorption on early American roads.
This modern replica was built by Latham Coachworks in Fortuna, Missouri, and is described as ideal for parades and special events.
Winchester Double W Cartridge Board
Estimate $25,000 - $35,000
A rare original 1897 Winchester Advertising bullet board display, featuring a complete range of the company's cartridges, primer boxes and shotgun shells.
Native American Crow War Shield
Estimate $25,000 - $35,000
An original Native American Crow war shield, made from buffalo rawhide with a tanned buckskin cover, and decorated with a pair of small hide pouches.
The shields were primarily used in battle between warring Native American tribes, as hide from the neck and shoulders of a buffalo bull was thick enough to deflect enemy arrows.
G.S. Garcia Elko Star Spurs
Estimate: $25,000 - $30,000
A pair of large single mounted spurs by G.S. Garcia, one of America's most renowned and collectible manufacturers which has operated for more than 130 years.
Garcia founded his business in California in 1882 and later established a workshop in Nevada, employing many of the many of the top silversmiths, spurmakers, and bitmakers of the time.
This set bears the desirable Elko Star pattern, with intricate engraving and silver overlay, and is accompanied with floral tooled straps and relief engraved star conchos.
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