Allard Auctions offering hundreds of Native American items March 11-12
MESA, Ariz. – A pair of Native American cradleboards (one Iroquois, one toy Crow), an elk hide Cheyenne war shirt and an early 1900s Third Phase Navajo chief’s blanket are a few of the expected top lots at this year’s Big Spring Phoenix auction set for March 11 and 12 by Allard Auctions. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
This year’s auction will feature 870 lots of Native American and Western artifacts, artworks and related collectibles. Lots 1-380 will come up for bid on Saturday, March 11, starting noon Mountain time; lots 501-870 on Sunday, March 12, starting at 10 a.m.
The auction will feature all manner of rare and highly collectible Indian material, including baskets, rugs and weavings, pottery, beadwork, stones and arrowheads, dolls, jewelry, trade beads, guns, Northwest Coast and Eskimo artifacts, original art and bronzes, antiques and Western memorabilia.
“This is the finest accumulation of quality baskets and beadwork we’ve had in many years,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions.
“This could very well be our best auction ever held.”
The Crow toy cradleboard (below) is from the early-to-mid 1900s and is a wonderful example of pre-1900 beadwork, sinew sewn and lazy stitch on buffalo hide and muslin. The board, in very good condition with complete provenance, has an estimate of $10,000-$20,000. The circa 1880s Iroquois wooden cradleboard has a back colorfully decorated in shallow relief carving. It is a rare, intact full-size version that should sell for $5,000-$10,000.
The Cheyenne men’s war shirt (below) was made circa the 1920s out of tanned elk hide and is of show quality, boasting cut-in and applied fringe, red cord and horsehide suspensions, plus sinew sewn and lazy stitch beaded geometric panels. It should realize $5,000-$10,000. The early 1900s Navajo rug/weaving is a classic tight weave Third Phase chief’s blanket, done in traditional colors. The blanket, 70 inches by 98 inches, is expected to command $4,000-$8,000.
A pair of late 1800s bandolier bags both carry estimates of $2,500-$5,000. One is a huge, fully beaded Iroquois bag (below) with 8-inch-wide straps, loom beaded bottom suspensions and a wonderful flowing floral motif. The museum-quality bag is presented in a custom display case. The other is a fully beaded traditional Chippewa shoulder bag with matching strap and done in floral motifs. A note by the maker dates the bag to 1882.
A beautiful signed oil on canvas painting by William Moyers (1916-2010), titled Supper for a Hunter, which depicts a solitary Indian by a campfire, 16 inches by 20 inched (sight, less frame), should bring $2,500-$5,000.
From the jewelry category, a mammoth display squash blossom pendant, made circa the 1970s and Best in Show ribbon winner at the 1989 Pasadena Indian Show, should hit $3,000-$6,000.
An early-to-mid 1900s Plateau beaded women’s dress, finely made from hand-cut buckskin and elk hide, with classic flowing contour beaded yoke, cut-in fringe, yellow ochring and highly decorated suspensions front and back, should rise to $2,500-$5,000.
For details contact Allard Auctions toll-free at 888-314-0343; email firstname.lastname@example.org.