with fur liniing, circa 1880
Tlingit men's moccasins
leather (probably deerskin), early glass trade beads, red stroud, and silk (minor deterioration of silk and stroud)
$1200. *SALE PRICE: $975.
ex: Dr. Joel Allen, 1st curator of Birds and Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History. He led 3 expeditions from 1867-1873 that traveled to various Woodlands and Plains destinations. Descended in his family.
These moccasins are beautiful in person. They are quite rare, are fresh to the market, and certainly were made for native use.
Ascertaining the date of the moccasins is somewhat problematic because of the presence of 1/16 size metallic beads. Conventional collecting beliefs are that metaillic beads did not appear until the 1880s. Sixteenth beads, however, are generally believed to be from an earlier date.. The other beads and materials used on the moccasins can also certainly qualify as from the 1870s or a bit earlier. More research needs to be done on when the copper sixteenth beads made their way to the Northwest.
These moccasins descended in Dr. Allen's family and were acquired by us from an agent representing his heirs. There is no record of his having traveled out West past 1873.
It is not shocking that he might have collected an item from the Northwest Coast even though he traveled to the Woodlands, Prairie and Plains. These types of items were traded among tribes and might very well have made their way to one of the tribes he visited.
We continue to research the dating of the copper beads and welcome information from others.