CINCINNATI – The collection of Claude “Henry” Withers and the John Baldwin Trust led the way in Hindman’s $1,185,656 April 15 Native American Art auction. Copper items from the Withers collection received significant interest from bidders, packing Hindman’s Cincinnati saleroom and achieving top prices. Revered collector and author John Baldwin’s collection also shone, with lots such as a grizzly bear claw necklace selling for $37,500 against a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000. Textiles from the collection of Bruce and Claire Montgomerie also were among top performers.
Copper Dagger from the Collection of Claude “Henry” Withers
The collection of Claude “Henry” Withers was highly sought-after. The pace for the auction was set early on with the sale of a copper dagger from the late Archaic period, which climbed well past its estimate of $10,000-$15,000 to sell for $43,750.
This symmetrically designed blade is one of the largest examples of this artifact type, measuring 11 1/2in. In addition, two copper breastplates from the collection sold for $7,500 each.
John Baldwin Trust
Bidders recognized the value of celebrated collector and author John Baldwin’s collection. He is well-known in the collecting world and his books on Native American and Frontier-era weaponry are considered essential reading for those serious about the category. A 19th-century prairie grizzly bear claw necklace was the top lot of the collection, realizing $37,500 against a presale estimate of $20,000-$30,000.
The necklace features 27 claws spaced with hand-painted and padre beads, and was collected from the University of Iowa’s Theatrical Department. Other highlights from the collection included an Adena flint ridge blade, which sold for $7,500, and an 18th-century Eastern pipe tomahawk blade with brass inlay tripled its estimate to sell for $8,750.
Textiles from the Collection of Bruce and Claire Montgomerie
Remarkable textiles from the collection of Bruce and Claire Montgomerie were also among highly coveted lots, with a 19th-century Navajo Woman’s Second Phase pattern blanket seeing particularly passionate bidding and soaring past its estimate of $8,000-$10,000 to sell for $37,500. A Navajo Moki pattern weaving was another noteworthy sale, earning $18,750.
Record-Setting Beaded Moccasins & Additional Highlights
A heated bidding war led to a new auction record with the sale of a pair of Sioux fully beaded buffalo hide moccasins. It shattered its presale estimate of $1,000-$2,000 to achieve $40,625, the highest price ever achieved for a pair of fully beaded moccasins. These vibrant shoes are sinew-sewn and beaded using colors of red white-heart, greasy yellow, translucent green, white, and light and dark blue.
Additional highlights included a Yankton Sioux beaded buffalo hide shot pouch with powder horn, which emerged as the top lot of the auction and sold for $53,125, doubling its estimate of $20,000-$30,000. The intricate pouch features fringe and is decorated with triangular elements beaded in colors of translucent burgundy, cobalt, marigold and sky blue against a white background.
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