Birchbark Container Etched Hearts & Flowers – price reduced

Birchbark Container Etched Hearts & Flowers

Etched Birchbark Container with Lid

This large Birchbark Container features etched Heart and Flower designs on the sides and top.  The artist etched the designs on the back of the Birch bark while it was still green.  As it dried, the image darkened.  The artist used spruce root to hold it together.  He stitched together two pieces of Birchbark for the cover.  The cover is slightly warped does not fit easily on the container.  Some of the spruce root loops have broken (see photo).   Heart and Flower designs appear on both sides and the top of the container. A piece of Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  This Container stands 8″ tall.  The bottom measures 12″ x 7.5″.  The cover measures 10.5″ x 8.75″.  The Container came from a collection.  The rim of the cover is separating from the Birchbark top, but it can be repaired.  One of a Kind!

Shop for Baskets!

Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Birchbark and the Indian!

Birchbark Container Etched Beaver on bottom

Birchbark Container Etched Beaver on bottom

Etched Birchbark Container with Leaves & Beaver design

This large Birchbark Container features etched botanical designs and a Beaver on the bottom.  The artist etched the designs on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green.  As it dried, the image darkened.  The artist used spruce root to hold it together.  He stitched together two pieces of Birchbark for the cover.  The cover is very sturdy and you can take it completely off the container.   Etched leaf designs appear on both sides and the top of the container.  On the bottom you will find an etched Beaver design.  A light coat of polyurethane gives it a bit of a shine.  A piece of Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  This Container stands 9.75″ tall.  The bottom measures 12″ x 7.5″.  The cover measures 9″ x 8.5″.  The Container came from a collection.  You will see that the cover is a bit warped, but otherwise It is in very good condition!  One of a Kind!

Shop for Baskets!

Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Birchbark and the Indian!

Birchbark Container Scalloped Edging

Birchbark Container Scalloped Edging

Cutout Scalloped Edge Birchbark Container

Use this Scalloped Edge Birchbark Container for storage or add it to your collection. The crafter used Spruce Root to put the container together.  Then he or she cut out a scalloped piece of Birchbark and attached it around the top of the container with more Spruce Root.   A light coat of polyurethane gives it a bit of a shine.   Otherwise, the crafter left the Birchbark in its natural state.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  This Container stands about 7″ tall.  The bottom measures 6.5″ x 4″.  The top opening is about 7″ x 6″.  This Container came from a collection. It is in good condition. One of a Kind!

Shop for more Baskets

Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Birchbark and the Indian!

Birchbark Container with Bark Panels

Birchbark Container with Bark Panels

Handmade Birchbark Container with Bark Panels

Add this unusual Birchbark Container to your collection.  The artist used spruce root to bind the pieces of Birchbark together.  She cut out scalloped panels of Birchbark and attached them with the light side out to the top of the container with more spruce root. She created the cover with Birchbark and a spruce branch.  Imitation sinew holds the cover to the container Deerskin Leather Lacing  can be untied to open the top. The crafter added a base to this container with a separate piece of Birchbark and some rough trim pieces.  You will see ‘Rebecca LaFramboise Chippewa’ written in red on the bottom.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  This Container stands 9.5″ tall.  The bottom measures approximately 7″ in diameter.  The cover measures 6.5″ in diameter.  We got this Container in a collection.  The cover is little warped, but otherwise It is in very good condition!  One of a Kind!

Shop for Baskets!

Read our article Birchbark Crafting and the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Birchbark and the Indian!

Birchbark Container with Moose Hair Tufting

Birchbark Container with Moose Hair Tufting

Handmade Birchbark Container decorated with Moose Hair

This Birchbark Container features a floral design created with tufts of Moose hair.  The artist used spruce root to hold the container together. He cut a scalloped piece of Birchbark and attached it to the top of the container.  Then he created the Yellow and Purple floral design from Moose hair on a separate piece of Birchbark and attached that to the side of the container.  The crafter made the cover with two pieces of Birchbark. A piece of Deerskin Leather Lacing holds it on the container.  Another piece allows you to open the top.  A spruce branch around the top  adds stability to the container.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. The Indigenous people in North America use these containers for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  This Container stands 6.75″ tall.  The bottom measures approximately 5.5″ in diameter.  The cover measures 5.5″ in diameter.  We got this Container in a collection.  You will see that some of the Moose hair tufting has broken off, but otherwise it is in very good condition!  One of a Kind!

Shop for Baskets!

Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Birchbark and the Indian!

Blanket Strip Red Selvedge Edge

Blanket Strip Red Selvedge Edge

Selvedge Edge Red Blanket Strip

This Red Blanket Strip is beaded on Selvedge Edge wool.  Master Craftsman Andy Bullock beaded the strip and Rosettes on Braintanned Deerskin Leather.  He used Pony Trader Blue, Mauve, White and Cobalt Blue Seed Beads to create the 7 row strip and the 4″ Rosettes.  Braintanned Deerskin Lacing tassels hang from the center of each of the four Rosettes. Trade Beads, Pink Pony Beads, Blue Basket Beads, Brass Beads and small metal rings decorate each tassel.

The Native Americans of the Northern Plains started making Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when two halves of a Braintanned Buffalo Hide was sewn together to create one large robe. Eventually, Native American crafters began to use wool Trade Blankets for robes. They add their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.

The beaded portion of this Blanket Strip measures 43.5″ long  x 3.25″ wide . It includes a total of 4 rosettes, each measuring 4″ in diameter. The blanket itself measures approximately 60″ x 45″.  One of a Kind!

Shop for more Collectible Beadwork!

Quilled Box with Flower

Quilled Box with Flower

Fully Quilled Birchbark Box with Flower Design

This fully Quilled Box with Flower design is made from birchbark and sweetgrass. The artist used natural and green and red dyed quills to make the floral design. He or she also attached a bands of sweetgrass to the top and bottom of the lid and base.  This vintage piece has some quill loss but is sturdy and is still in good condition.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  The porcupine quills are flattened and then dyed before attaching them to the outside of the box. This Container stands 3″ tall with the lid. The box measures 4.25″ in diameter. We got this Quilled Box with Flower from a collection.  It will make a lovely display piece!  One of a Kind!

Shop for Baskets

Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Birchbark and the Indian!

Moccasins Iroquois Style Infant Beaded

Moccasins Iroquois Style Infant Beaded

Iroquois Style Moccasins with Beaded Cuffs and Vamp

Add these antique Beaded Iroquois Style Infant Moccasins to your collection. The crafter made these moccasins with deer skin leather. He or she added black felt cuffs lined with white and blue beads. Then they added pink cotton fabric with a beaded toe vamp. The pink cotton fabric has some fading but is in overall good condition. They used white, transparent  green, blue, transparent  amber, clear, and mustard seed beads along with gray basket beads in the design. This style of moccasins were made by using one piece of leather for the bottom and then adding the vamp and cuff. Later as the bottom became worn, the vamp and cuff could be removed and attached to a new piece of leather.

These moccasins measure 4.5″ long x 1.5″ wide at the middle with a smaller pointed toe. One of a kind!

Shop More Moccasins!

 

Quilled Birchbark Bowl Pieces Antique

Quilled Birchbark Bowl Pieces Antique 1

Antique Quilled Birchbark Bowl Pieces

These Antique Quilled Birchbark Pieces used to be part of a bowl.  You will find two pieces of birchbark with a quilled floral design. The artist used orange, green, red and natural quills. They also added a band of sweetgrass around the edges. This piece is from a collection and has quill damage and some broken pieces of sweetgrass.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  Both remaining pieces measure approx. 7″ x 4″. One of a Kind!

Shop for Baskets

Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Birchbark and the Indian!

Rattle Sweetgrass and Birchbark

Rattle Sweetgrass and Birchbark

Handmade Sweetgrass Rattle with Quilled Birchbark Top

Don’t miss this handmade Rattle Sweetgrass and Birchbark!  The crafter used a natural branch for the handle.  He wound blades of Sweetgrass to create the main part of the rattle.  At the top he attached a piece of natural Birchbark.  On this he created a star design with Purple and White Porcupine Quills.  The Rattle measures about 11 inches long overall.  The flat top measures 2.5 inches in diameter with a 1.5 inch wide quilled design.  Quillwork colors vary.

Rattles are a traditional Native American instrument.  Native American crafters regularly use Bark, Gourds and Turtle Shells to make Rattles.  They use bark from the White Birch and Sweetgrass to make baskets.  Or in this case a unique rattle!   To create quillwork designs, they gather and dye American Porcupine Quills.  After they soak and flatten them, they carefully attach them to Birchbark to create botanical and geometric designs.  Porcupine Quillwork is a classic Native American craft.

Shop for more Native American Instruments

Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Indian Musical and Noise Making Instruments

Watch our YouTube Video on Porcupine Quillwork

 

Whimsy Beaded Pincushion Pillow

Whimsy Beaded Pincushion Pillow

Antique Beaded Whimsy Pillow Pincushion

This Whimsy Beaded Pincushion Pillow is ready to display in your home!  The crafter made this beaded pillow pincushion with purple velveteen and a natural colored cotton material.  Then he or she created the beaded botanical design with Clear, Transparent  Green, Transparent Yellow, Transparent Red, and Transparent Blue Pony Beads accented with Gray Basket Beads.  The scalloped edges feature edge beading and beaded loops of Clear Pony Beads.  The crafter backed the pillow with natural colored polished cotton.  The pillow measures approximately 7 inches x 6.5 inches.  It is about 2 inches thick.  You will see some bead loss, especially along the bottom.  The velveteen is worn in places and you will see discoloration on the natural colored fabric.    One of a Kind!

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs that Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States made for the tourist trade.  Native American beaded whimsies refer to small decorative items or trinkets that  Native American artisans hand craft using intricate beadwork techniques. These ‘whimsical’ creations often come in practical shapes and styles like pincushions, match holders, picture frames, needle cases, bags and small decorative cushions.  One of a Kind!

Shop for more Whimsies

 

Whimsy Beaded Gold Bird

Beaded gold bird whimsey with dangles.

Beaded Gold Bird Whimsy with Dangles

A crafter created this Beaded Gold Bird Whimsy using Transparent Red, Yellow and Amber Seed Beads on gold polished cotton. You will also find Amber Basket Beads and brass sequins in the design. The bird has beaded dangles on it’s beak and feet. The eyes are made with green beads and red beads decorate the head. The beadwork is in good condition with little to no missing beads. You will notice the aging of the fabric and see some stains. The bird measures approx. 6.5 inches long from head to tail and 6 inches tall with the feet dangling.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade. This Beaded Pin Cushion will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

One of a kind!

Shop for more Whimsies!

Whimsy Bird 1913

Whimsy Bird 1913

Antique Beaded Whimsy Bird 1913

Add this Whimsy Bird 1913 to your collection!  The crafter made this beaded  Whimsy with tan fabric.  Then he or she decorated it with Clear and Transparent Green Seed Beads and dark Gray Basket Beads.  The crafter added a lattice ‘bib’ of White Seed Beads with a row of sequins to the front.  A Blue Seed Bead surrounded by White Seed Beads serve as eyes for the bird.  The bird holds two loops of Transparent Green Seed Beads in its mouth.  Underneath the tail, the crafter used Clear Seed Beads to write ‘1913’.

The crafter attached three twisted threads to the bird.  You can use those to hang it for display.  This Whimsy Bird 1913 measures approximately 6 inches long and stands about 4.5 inches tall.  You will see some bead loss, including most of the date 1913 and some soiling.   It is in good condition for its age.  One of a Kind!

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs made by Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States.  Native American beaded whimsies refer to small decorative items or trinkets that  Native American artisans hand craft using intricate beadwork techniques. These ‘whimsical’ creations often come in practical shapes and styles like pincushions, match holders, picture frames, needle cases, bags and small decorative cushions.  One of a Kind!

Shop for more Whimsies

 

Whimsy Gold Beaded Broom Holder

Gold Beaded Whimsy Whisk Broom Holder

Golden Beaded Whimsy Whisk Broom Holder

This Gold Beaded Broom Holder Whimsy features a raised floral design on gold material with drops on the sides and bottom. The pieces has beadwork around the edges and some sequins and basket beads in the design. There is a beaded loop on the top for hanging. This Whimsy measures about 12 inches long and 5 inches at the widest section The pocket is 4 inches x 1.5 inches at the opening.

This is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

One of a kind!

Shop for more Whimsies!

Moccasins Antique Child’s Iroquois Style

Moccasins Antique Child's Iroquois Style

Antique Iroquois Style Child’s Beaded Deerskin Moccasins

Add these Moccasins Antique Child’s Iroquois Style to your collection. The crafter made these moccasins with brown Deerskin Leather. He or she added black velveteen cuffs with a red ribbon trim to the top.  Then the crafter created the classic Iroquois raised beadwork design to the vamps.  He or she used Clear, Transparent Green,  and Transparent Red Seed Beads to create the design.  A couple of gray Basket Beads accentuate it.  Rows of White Seed Beads and Pony Beads edge the vamp.   The crafter also added two rows of White Seed Beads to the edge of the fabric cuff.   Beige colored fabric lines the inside of the back part of the moccasins.

We got these Moccasins Child’s Iroquois Style from a collection.  They have tears in the fabric of the cuffs and the inner lining.  You will see that the fabric on the vamp has deteriorated and there is noticable soiling. The beadwork remains intact.  We are selling these as collectible only.  One of a Kind!

This style of moccasins were made by using one piece of  Deerskin leather for the bottom and then adding the vamp and cuff. Later as the bottom became worn, the vamp and cuff could be removed and attached to a new piece of leather.

These moccasins measure about 5 inches long x about 2.5 inches wide at the middle with a smaller pointed toe. One of a kind!

Shop for more Moccasins

 

Whimsy Beaded Canoe Shape

Whimsy Beaded Canoe Shape

Antique Whimsy with ‘Gay Head’ Beaded on it

This charming Whimsy Beaded Canoe Shape will make a unique addition to your collection! The crafter made it with tan fabric in the shape of a canoe. He or she created a three dimensional botanical and geometric designs on both sides using Clear, Pony Trader Blue, White, Mustard, Transparent Red, Transparent Amber seed Beads and Pony Beads.  A few Basket Beads remain on one side. Then the crafter outlined three sides of the canoe shape with Clear Pony Beads and beaded the words ‘Gay Head’ on each side.  At one end, the crafter attached a strand of multi-colored Seed and Pony Beads.   A tag attached to this strand says “Beadwork, old, by the Indians on Gay Head Martha’s Vineyard”.   The crafter lined the inside with a different tan colored fabric.

One end of this canoe shape is open while the other remains stitched closed.  You will see some discoloration on the fabric.  There are several spots where beads and some sequins have fallen off.  The canoe measures about 12 inches long  x 3.25 inches at the widest points.  The bead strand measures about 14 inches long.  One of a Kind!

This antique Whimsy Beaded Canoe Shape resembles classic Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs made by Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States.  Native American beaded whimsies refer to small decorative items or trinkets that  Native American artisans hand craft using intricate beadwork techniques. These ‘whimsical’ creations often come in practical shapes and styles like pincushions, match holders, picture frames, needle cases, bags and small decorative cushions.  One of a Kind!

Shop for more Whimsies

Whimsy Pillow Beaded Bird

Whimsy Pillow Beaded Bird

Antique Beaded Whimsy Pillow with Bird Design

This Whimsy Pillow Beaded Bird features designs in transparent Pony Beads.  The crafter made this beaded pillow with purple velveteen and a natural colored cotton material.  Then he or she created the beaded botanical and bird designs with Clear, Transparent  Green, Transparent Yellow, Transparent Red, Transparent Pink and Transparent Blue Pony Beads.  Gray, Green and Red Basket Beads accent the designs.  The scalloped edges feature edge beading and beaded loops of Clear Pony Beads.  The crafter backed the pillow with natural colored polished cotton.  The pillow measures approximately 8.5 inches x 7 inches.  It is about 2 inches thick.  You will see very little bead loss, especially along the top edge.  The velveteen is worn in places on the front.  You will see discoloration and stains on the natural colored fabric.    One of a Kind!

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs that Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States made for the tourist trade.  Native American beaded whimsies refer to small decorative items or trinkets that  Native American artisans hand craft using intricate beadwork techniques. These ‘whimsical’ creations often come in practical shapes and styles like pincushions, match holders, picture frames, needle cases, bags and small decorative cushions.  One of a Kind!

Shop for more Whimsies