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American Indian & Ethnographic Art Auction

by Willis Henry Auctions Inc.

Platinum House

264 lots with images

May 26, 2013

Live Auction

929 Hingham Street

Rockland, MA, 02370 USA

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Frame: 41 pcs, lg knives, drills, points

Lot 1: Frame: 41 pcs, lg knives, drills, points

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Description: FRAME OF 41 RELICS Forty-one stone relics in a frame, including large knives, drills, points, (ex. Pierce collection, Plymouth, MA).

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Rare stone work dish, unique, 7

Lot 2: Rare stone work dish, unique, 7" l, 3 1/2" w

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Description: STONE WORKED DISH Rare, and possibly unique, stone worked rectangular dish, found on Monk's Hill, Plymouth, MA, 1 1/4" h, 7" l, 3 1/2" w.

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Frame of 7 drills, crescent-shape base, O.D. Site, Kingston, MA

Lot 3: Frame of 7 drills, crescent-shape base, O.D. Site, Kingston, MA

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Description: SEVEN DRILLS Frame of seven drills, crescent-shape base, O.D. Site, Kingston, MA.

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Saltwater plummet, 6 1/2

Lot 4: Saltwater plummet, 6 1/2" l, 2 3/4" dia

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Description: SALTWATER PLUMMET "Saltwater plummet, found at Rocky Nook by William Pierce, bought at Janet Smith auction, 8/16/77" on a white tag, 6 1/2" l, 2 3/4" dia.

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Framed bone material, arrowheads, bead, harpoon & awls

Lot 5: Framed bone material, arrowheads, bead, harpoon & awls

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Description: BONE RELICS Framed arrowheads, long bead (2 1/4" l), awls and harpoon, dug by Don and Ruth Veira, at O.D. Site, Kingston, MA.

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Adena club, 1957, 4 1/2

Lot 6: Adena club, 1957, 4 1/2" x 2"

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Description: ADENA CLUB Found in Duxbury, MA, in 1957, 4 1/2" l, 2" w.

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Six plummets: Bay Farm & Bay Rd, Duxbury, MA

Lot 7: Six plummets: Bay Farm & Bay Rd, Duxbury, MA

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Description: SIX PLUMMETS Found at Bay Farm and Bay Road, Duxbury, MA, (ex. Ford collection).

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Lg axe, old label, 8 7/8

Lot 8: Lg axe, old label, 8 7/8" x 4 7/8"

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Description: AXE Large axe, old paper label typed "Axe found 1916 at corner of Marion and Hatherly Rds. Scituate, Mass. By Chas. Brown About one foot deep found while breaking ground.", "Scituate, MA" in white ink, 8 7/8" x 4 7/8".

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Maul, lg, full grooved, w/paper label, 5

Lot 9: Maul, lg, full grooved, w/paper label, 5" x 5"

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Description: MAUL Large maul, full grooved, with white paper label in blue ink "Large Indian Maul found off the Main Street, Duxbury Mass. bought by Engstrom March 28, 1980 from Don Scothorne, Norwell.", old patina, 5" x 5".

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Rare gouge, old label, 7 1/4

Lot 10: Rare gouge, old label, 7 1/4" l, 2 1/2" w

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Description: RARE GOUGE/ADZ Very old handwritten script presentation label in brown ink attached "Presented to B. Kingman, ...Feb. 15, 1861 - Indian Gouge from Hingham", (Note: possibly Bradford Kingman, who published the History of the Town of North Bridgewater in 1866), Hingham, MA, great patinated finish, 7 1/4" l, 2 1/2" w.

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Bannerstone w/paper label, 2 1/2

Lot 11: Bannerstone w/paper label, 2 1/2" x 2"

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Description: BANNERSTONE Finely drilled and polished, paper label attached "Sept 2, 74, Bannerstone from Foxboro collection", 2 1/2" x 2".

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Gouge/adz, double grooved ends, 8 1/2

Lot 12: Gouge/adz, double grooved ends, 8 1/2" x 2 1/2"

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Description: GOUGE/ADZ Double grooved ends, labeled "Adze found Jan 25, 1963 East Head Reservoir, Carver (MA) 14" in yellow", 8 1/2" x 2 1/2".

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Abrader stone, 3 1/2

Lot 13: Abrader stone, 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/4"

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Description: ABRADER STONE Full deep groove on three edges, and 10-12 full-length striations on top and bottom faces, labeled with blue ink "Richardson coll. Lonsdale, R.I.", old patina, rare form, 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/4".

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Mortar, incised

Lot 14: Mortar, incised "O", July 10, 1901, 8" x 6 1/2" x 3"

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Description: MORTAR Incised sun over "July 10, 1901" - "R.C.B.", flanked by an anchor and cross, "South Yarmouth, Mass." in white ink, old patina, 8" x 6 1/2" x 3".

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Pestle w/label, 19

Lot 15: Pestle w/label, 19" l, 3" base dia

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Description: PESTLE White label in blue ink "Large Pestle, 19" Long, Trennel Collection, Attleboro, Peterson Collection, Natick bought 1976 by Bill Taylor of Middleboro, bought 1977 by R. Engstrom, Attleboro, Ma.", 3" base dia.

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Rare Semiluna, drilled, old repair, 6

Lot 16: Rare Semiluna, drilled, old repair, 6" x 3 1/4"

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Description: SEMILUNA Rare form, drilled, "Semiluna knife from Cliff Morris Coll., found at Sampson's Pond Carver (MA) 1938, off Rt 58 So. Carver Mass.", "Sold Nov 10, 1977 to R. Engstrom", in a white box, cracked and glued, thin construction, slate, 6" x 3 1/4".

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Pestle, stemmed, Middleboro, MA, 4 1/2

Lot 17: Pestle, stemmed, Middleboro, MA, 4 1/2" x 3"

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Description: PESTLE Stemmed, found in Middleboro, MA, 4 1/2" x 3".

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Axe, full grooved, bell-shaped poll, polished, 7

Lot 18: Axe, full grooved, bell-shaped poll, polished, 7" l, 3" w

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Description: AXE Full grooved, bell-shaped poll, polished striated stone, labeled "Easton, Mass.", 7" l, 3" w.

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Tomahawk, iron, 8 1/8

Lot 19: Tomahawk, iron, 8 1/8" l, 1 1/2" w

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Description: TOMAHAWK Iron, hand-forged, white label "Indian tomahawk from the Barton Coll. Attleboro, 16-74.", Attleboro, MA, 8 1/8" l, 1 1/2" w.

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Four stone pipes

Lot 20: Four stone pipes

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Description: FOUR STONE PIPES Dark red/brown soapstone, fins on top and bottom, scratch carved petroglyphs, "Found by Don Scothorne", Tiverton, RI, (old nick out of bowl), 1 7/8"; an unfinished chlorite platform pipe, "Pipe from Oaklawn, R.I." in white, 1 3/8"; a platform soapstone pipe, drill decorated chimney-syle bowl, also drilled end of stem, (repaired), labeled "Hancock Co - Ga.", 2 1/2" h, 5" l; white soapstone platform pipe with crude carved paw on end of stem, labeled "soapstone pipe, paw platform 224, Eskimo, Lantagne Coll.", 4 1/2".

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Framed harpoon points, antler & bone

Lot 21: Framed harpoon points, antler & bone

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Description: EIGHT HARPOON POINTS, ANTLER AND BONE Framed, from Columbia River, Oregon, labeled "Genuine Calapooya Indian Artifact, A.H. Bray 2155 Monroe, Eugene, Oregon, 97405" and "Oct. 5, 1974 bought at Greenfield, N.H.".

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Trophy axe, extremely fine, 8 1/2

Lot 22: Trophy axe, extremely fine, 8 1/2" l, double-grooved

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Description: EXTREMELY FINE TROPHY AXE Mica flecked granite with double-sided grooved base and rounded poll, labeled "Trophy axe, Haggerstown Maryland bought by Arthur Barton, Attleboro, Mass.", 8 1/2" l.

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Rare trophy axe, 3/4 grooved, 8

Lot 23: Rare trophy axe, 3/4 grooved, 8" l

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Description: RARE TROPHY AXE Polished green stone, double-sided three-finger grooved head, typed label "Geo. Sholtz farm, Merrill, Wisc., 1931", 8" l.

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Frame: 7 lg fine knives & points

Lot 24: Frame: 7 lg fine knives & points

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Description: SEVEN KNIVES AND POINTS Framed knives and points, including 7 1/2" Ohio fluted point, Wayne Co., TN, (ex. Parker); 6" red stone fluted point, Stone Co., MO; 3 1/2" fluted point, Vernon Co., MO; 2 3/4" point from Aqua Plains, Brown Co., MN; and a 1 1/2" Folsom point, Lee Co., NM.

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Anchor-shaped gorget pendant w/3 holes, 3 1/2

Lot 25: Anchor-shaped gorget pendant w/3 holes, 3 1/2" l

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Description: GORGET PENDANT Reddish-brown polished stone, anchor shaped, flat back, three drilled holes, white label "Logan Co Ohio Gorget anchor Pendant", old patina, 3 1/2" l.

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Frame of bone tools: 2 lg pointed pcs & 8 sm pcs

Lot 26: Frame of bone tools: 2 lg pointed pcs & 8 sm pcs

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Description: FRAMED BONE TOOLS Ten bone tools, awls and pointed pieces, one drilled piece labeled "9/11/40 ac., Craig Collection, Phila, Pa", 3 1/2" l; and another awl labeled "Cliff Dwellers, S.H. Col." in early script, 5" l.

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Lg Mimbres pottery bowl, 14 1/2

Lot 27: Lg Mimbres pottery bowl, 14 1/2" dia

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Description: MIMBRES POTTERY BOWL Large Mimbres pottery bowl, depicting two powerful animalistic forms with crosshatched, beaver-like paddle tails, three front legs, horns, circular eyes, rows of teeth, inside a border with a lightning like sawtooth framework connected with characteristic multiple paralleled lines, all outlined in black, some small damage at one portion of rim, retains an older gold "Sotheby's" sales tag, Lot "9" in ink in a round circle, 6 1/2 - 7" h, largest diameter is 14 1/2", (ex. estate of Stefan Brecht, NY).

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Mimbres pottery bowl, fish at bottom, 5

Lot 28: Mimbres pottery bowl, fish at bottom, 5" h, 11" dia

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Description: MIMBRES POTTERY BOWL Mimbres pottery bowl depicting a fish (approximately 5" l) at the bottom, circular round eye, open mouth, a series of white horizontal triangles representing scales, large black tail and black fins, retains an older gold "Sotheby's" sales tag, Lot "23" on a pink circular sticker, 5" h, 11" dia, (ex. estate of Stefan Brecht, NY).

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Mimbres pottery bowl, bee, 3

Lot 29: Mimbres pottery bowl, bee, 3" h, 6 3/4" dia

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Description: MIMBRES POTTERY BOWL Mimbres pottery bowl depicting a bee (4 1/2" l) with black head, circular white eye, highly curled antenna, long double proboscis, large light tan body with parallel lines, paralleled brown lines around inside top of rim, retains an older gold "Sotheby's" sales tag, Lot "12" on a white circular sticker, 3" h, 6 3/4" dia, (ex. estate of Stefan Brecht, NY).

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Mimbres pottery bowl, small bee, 3

Lot 30: Mimbres pottery bowl, small bee, 3" h, 7 1/2" dia

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Description: MIMBRES POTTERY BOWL Mimbres pottery bowl depicting a small bee (2" l) with a striped brownish/black and white body, two antenna, three legs, five small stripes above two larger brown stripes circle the inside of the rim, retains an older gold "Sotheby's" sales tag, Lot "14" on a white circular sticker, 3" h, 7 1/2" dia, (ex. estate of Stefan Brecht, NY).

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Two Anasazi pottery pcs (handled jar & canteen)

Lot 31: Two Anasazi pottery pcs (handled jar & canteen)

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Description: TWO ANASAZI POTTERY PIECES Globular jar with flattened handle attached to neck and body, overall geometric designs, black on cream white, top edge repaired, 8" h, 7" dia; Globular-shaped canteen, overall geometric designs of black on buff cream background, spout and hanging nodules are replaced, 6" h, 6" dia.

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Birdstone, green flecked hardstone, 3 1/2

Lot 32: Birdstone, green flecked hardstone, 3 1/2" l

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Description: BIRDSTONE Polished green flecked hardstone, two drilled wedge-shaped areas underneath, fan-shaped tail, good condition, 3 1/2" overall l, 1 1/2" w.

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Bird effigy pipe, 4 1/4

Lot 33: Bird effigy pipe, 4 1/4" l, 2 1/2" h

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Description: BIRD EFFIGY PIPE Reddish/brown stone, labeled underneath "B152, mound find", crested shaped head with small drilled eyes, old patinated finish, 2 1/2" h, 4 1/4" l.

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Three plummets

Lot 34: Three plummets

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Description: THREE PLUMMETS Grooved and shaped redstone, lightly pitted, labeled "1430, Clark Co, Mo.", 2 1/2" l; Grooved quartz, flattened on two sides, cracking but very stable, 2 1/2" l; Polished red hardstone, finely shaped, drilled at the flattened top, 3" l.

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Boatstone, green mottled hardstone, 4

Lot 35: Boatstone, green mottled hardstone, 4" l

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Description: BOATSTONE Polished green mottled hardstone, hollowed with tapering side walls, angled flattened ends, two drilled holes towards either end, cracked and repaired on one end at the drill hole, 1 1/2" h, 4" l.

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Beads and pendants

Lot 36: Beads and pendants

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Description: BEADS AND PENDANTS Shell beaded necklace (13" l) and bracelet; and 32 unstrung beads and two pendants carved from clam shell, (Note: necklace tagged "367, Fore Co, Okla").

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Two stone beads & a pendant

Lot 37: Two stone beads & a pendant

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Description: TWO STONE BEADS AND A PENDANT Disc-shaped red stone bead or pendant (2" dia), decorated with geometric incised lines; Polished light colored stone bead, 1/2 oblong shape, 1" h, 1 1/4" dia; Triangular flat gray stone pendant, with notches along the sides and geometric incised lines, 2 1/4" l.

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Fetish & fish hooks

Lot 38: Fetish & fish hooks

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Description: FETISH AND FISH HOOKS Light blue flint stone turtle fetish, 2 3/4" l; and two flint fish hooks, one in the shape of an arrow, 2 1/4" and 2" l.

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Mortar, hammerstone & child's pot

Lot 39: Mortar, hammerstone & child's pot

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Description: MORTAR, HAMMERSTONE AND CHILD'S POT Pink sandstone mortar, 6" l; Round hammerstone (possibly a game stone), indented in middle on both flattened sides, marked "Fulton, Ga", 2 1/2" dia; Small prehistoric child's pot, shaped side handles, incised decoration, marked "St. Clair Co., Ill.", 2 1/2" h, 3" dia.

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Historic & prehistoric material

Lot 40: Historic & prehistoric material

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Description: HISTORIC AND PREHISTORIC MATERIAL Collection includes three saber tooth tiger teeth (one is petrified); partial boar's tooth; dog tooth and shell necklace; bone and copper awls (marked "Talladega Co., Ala"); pendants; gouges; bone fish hook; polished bone pendant; pottery shards; redstone pipe (marked "Schuyler Co., Ill"); flint thunderbird and polished stone pipe with butterfly on stem, 5" l; and more polished stones, etc.

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Whale's tooth, NW Coast, 4

Lot 41: Whale's tooth, NW Coast, 4" l

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Description: WHALE'S TOOTH With dyed and woven basketry cover in red, yellow and dark purple, Northwest Coast, 4" l.

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Bone pipe, NW Coast, 9 1/4

Lot 42: Bone pipe, NW Coast, 9 1/4" l

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Description: BONE PIPE Northwest Coast, probably Haida or Tsimshian, in the form of a totemic animal (possibly bear's head) forming the pipe bowl, prominent rows of teeth, enlarged and pointed oval eye rims carved in shallow relief, slight projecting forehead and carved nostrils, elongated body forming the stem of the pipe, flattened mouthpiece, rich aged patina, especially on the pipe bowl, 2" h (at the bowl), 9 1/4" l.

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Early bone knife, NW Coast, 13 1/2

Lot 43: Early bone knife, NW Coast, 13 1/2" l

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Description: EARLY BONE KNIFE Northwest Coast, hilt and partial blade, possibly Haida, carved raven's head, hammered copper wrap at beginning of blade, finely mounted with wood and secured with an ivory pin, 5 1/2" l (head), 13 1/2" l (overall).

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Dance paddle, NW Coast, totemic, 26 1/2

Lot 44: Dance paddle, NW Coast, totemic, 26 1/2" l

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Description: DANCE PADDLE Northwest Coast, cedar, totemic animal carved in relief with claws and single eye, painted in black on opposite side, 26 1/2" l, [Note: from the John P. Richardson, Old Fort House collection, "...found hanging in the Captain Barnabus Lincoln house, Lincoln St..." (Hingham, Mass.)].

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Eskimo fishing line, lure and hook

Lot 45: Eskimo fishing line, lure and hook

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Description: ESKIMO FISHING LINE, LURE AND HOOK Braided plant material, approximately 21' long, sinew wrapped on a pine holder with forked ends (one tine missing), 17" l; Carved bone lure with forged metal hook, wrapped in skin (seal?); (Note: from the John P. Richardson collection, "Eskimo hand line from collection in the old (1879) Hingham Public Library. Probably part of Thomas Bouve Collection... Old Fort House, Hingham."); (ex. John P. Richardson collection).

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Two NW Coast harpoon heads

Lot 46: Two NW Coast harpoon heads

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Description: TWO NW COAST HARPOON HEADS Bone and ivory, one with hand-hammered copper blade, tagged "...Bone arrow tip acquired from Cheever Cressy...He acquired it from President Sills of Bowdoin College...from a collection of Eskimo artifacts brought back by Noted Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan whose ship was named the Bowdoin..." JP Richardson, 10 1/2" overall l; and an early walrus tusk harpoon head with steel point (old patina), still sharp, tagged "brought back to President Sills of Bowdoin College probably in 1930's by...Donald MacMillan..." JP Richardson collection, 5" overall l.

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Eskimo kayak models

Lot 47: Eskimo kayak models

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Description: ESKIMO KAYAK MODELS Darkened seal skin covered wood frame, with carved seated wood figure, hand sewn skin trimmed in ivory, 14" l; and another lighter seal skin covered ivory slatted frame, hand sewn with a small carved wood figure with tag "Given to me by E. (Elizabeth) Coatesworth Beston. She said that it was made by Henry Beston while he spent the year at the Outermost House, Cape Cod. John P. Richardson", (Note: the kayak appears to be Eskimo made, trimmed in ivory around the cock pit and displaying a miniature whale's tooth carved in bone; and the wooden doll with painted face and movable arms was made by Henry Beston, the author); (ex. John P. Richardson collection).

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Eskimo kayak model

Lot 48: Eskimo kayak model

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Description: ESKIMO KAYAK MODEL Dark skin covered wooden frame, tipped with ivory on the ends, ivory runners, many ivory pieces attached with sinew to the top of the kayak, carved harpoons, carved wooden faux seal bladder float, carved wooden figure with arms extended, 26" l; (Note: includes pine covered mailing box from John S. Rosa, U.S.C.G. A.P.O. 859, to Blanche Rosa...Lawrence Mass. postmarked Feb 5, 1944, along with a typed certification paper that describes the kayak as a gift and is free from duty, and two pencil drawings on paper of totem poles).

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Two Eskimo lidded baskets

Lot 49: Two Eskimo lidded baskets

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Description: TWO ESKIMO LIDDED BASKETS Round with faded weavers in purple, black and green, geometric diamonds, 5 1/2" h, 9" dia; Globular-shaped finely woven basket in faded purple, black and green, geometric crosses, lid with woven finial, 9" h, 9" dia; both in excellent condition; (Note: interior paper inside "Rochester Museum of Science Center, Age, About 100 yrs. Closes perfect, Alaska").

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Two Northwest Coast baskets

Lot 50: Two Northwest Coast baskets

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Description: TWO NW COAST BASKETS Makah round lidded basketry trinket box, decorated with red whaling boats, original label on bottom "Makah, DA , $1.25", "ex the Gov. John D. Lowe Estate, Hingham, Massachusetts", JPR collection, 2 1/4" h, 4" dia; Northern California Yurok oval basket, with openwork rim (some breaks at rim), bear grass and pine root, light and dark geometrics, 3 3/4" h, 8 1/2" l, with tag "the T. Bouve Collection, displayed at the 1879 Hingham Library...", (ex. John P. Richardson collection).

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