900 lots of American Indian artifacts, art, collectibles will be sold Nov. 9-10 by Allard Auctions A full-sized smoked moose hide and rawhide Woodlands cradleboard (Native American baby carrier) and an extra-fine Navajo Germantown weave rug done in the Hispanic influence will be sold Nov. 9th-10th.
News-Antique.com - Oct 27,2013 - (MESA, Ariz.) – A full-sized smoked moose hide and rawhide Woodlands cradleboard (Native American baby carrier), a Mandan warshirt set complete with painted hide warshirt with quilled strips and shields, and an extra-fine Navajo Germantown weave rug done in the Hispanic influence will be just a few of the lots at Allard Auctions’ Big Fall Phoenix Auction, Nov. 9-10.
The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Mesa, Ariz., just outside of Phoenix. Allard Auctions, Inc. (based in St. Ignatius, Mont.) is billing it as a sale with American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles, and indeed the auction will be packed with great beadwork and baskets, Native American and Western art and bronzes, drums and bits and spurs.
“This will be a well-rounded auction, with many diverse items that will appeal to a wide range of collectors,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions, Inc. “Naturally we’ll have many American Indian artifacts and art, as those are the foundation of our business, but we’ll also have many interesting items and Western lots, too. The market is strong and we expect a strong sale.”
In all, around 900 lots will come up for bid. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be provided by iCollector.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Bidders may view the full catalog at the Allard Auctions website by logging on to www.allardauctions.com. Absentee bids maybe left on the site until an hour before the auction.
The full-sized Woodlands cradleboard (with attached baby moccasins) carries a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$20,000. It could very well end up being the top lot of the auction. The body is covered with turtle, spider and lizard figures, spirit wheels and other mystic symbols. It is from a private Wisconsin collection, and was probably crafted sometime in the early-to-mid 1900s.
Allard Auctions is no stranger to desirable Native American cradleboards. At its Best of Santa Fe 2013 auction in early August, the firm sold a museum-quality, early 20th century Kiowa cradleboard with beaded accents and original boards for a staggering $103,500. It was consigned by a man in his 90s, who remembered playing with the cradleboard as a toy back in the 1920s.
There are two Mandan warshirt sets in the sale that will no doubt attract attention, but the more complete set of the two – with human hair suspensions and short fringe, plus matching leggings with warrior stripes, moccasins with keyhole design, red breechcloth and an old belt – should realize $7,500-$15,000. The other set, also quite handsome, should hit $4,000-$8,000.
Several Navajo rugs are bound to spark bidding wars, but the expected prize lot is the Germantown weave rug done in the Hispanic style (est. $7,500-$15,000). The colors are still vibrant in most areas and the rug is strong and intact. Overall, it is in very good condition, with just some routine wear for its age (circa 1900). The weave rug measures 82 inches by 57 inches.