Native American Indian, probably Shoshone, these high top children’s moccasins are intricately constructed with delicate bead work and fine tanned leather with great attention to detail. They were made in the late 19th century, not for the tourist trade, but, because they are well worn they were more than likely worn by the Indian children at that time. Green, silver and rust are the colors of the beads, while the suede is a neutral tanned color. Condition is fair with wear to the soles (see images) and a slight “wear tear” to the left side of the right moccasin, albeit no restoration and all original. The bead work is excellent; well done, very colorful, and complete. Plateau Indians occupied a large expanse of territory stretching from the Rocky Mountains to the California coastal areas and as far north as British Columbia. I purchased in auction from prominent well respected Native American Indian collection in San Francisco (see below).
Dimensions: 6” high x 6 ¾” long.
Provenance: Clive Devenish Collection.
Butterfield’s and Butterfield’s.
San Francisco, California.
November 19th, 2006.