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Plains Pipe Bag

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

A Plains, possibly Lakota or Dakota, tobacco pouch with bead and quillwork. The pouch reportedly was a gift from the Lakota chief Sitting Bull to Indian agent Major J. M. Stone, but may also have been used by Yankton Dakota in the vicinity of Yankton, South Dakota, where the pouch was ultimately collected. Made in the late 19th century.

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Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Monday, November 7th, 2016

An Ojibwe black velvet and dark blue wool bandolier bag spot-stitched with a rabbit track pattern of multi-color glass seed beads on a white bead background. Probably made in the late 1890s.

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Minnesota Made Shotgun

Monday, September 12th, 2016

A 12-gauge double-barreled side-by-side shotgun made by Frank Novotny of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The gun has Damascus barrels, a double trigger, and a pistol grip stock that is checkered at the grip and fore end. It was owned and used by engineer D. C. Shepard, an associate of James J. Hill who helped construct rail lines including the Great Northern and Canadian Pacific.

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Liquor Jug

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

A North Star Stoneware Company jug made in Red Wing, Minnesota, and used by George Benz and Sons Distillers of Saint Paul in the 1890s.

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Hidatsa Bag

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

A beaded and quilled leather bag. Made by the Hidatsa in the 1890s.

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Quilled Moccasins

Monday, January 4th, 2016

A pair of quilled leather men’s shoes, likely Lakota in origin, circa 1880 to 1900. The shoes are quilled in a series of rows using the two-thread, one-quill crossed sewing technique that is unique to the northern Plains. The soles of the moccasins are also fully quilled with the pattern of a cross at the toe, an elk or deer track at the ball, and a pipe at the heel.

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Saddle Blanket

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

A black velvet saddle blanket decorated with beadwork. Owned by Frank Herman Kratka of Thief River Falls, Minnesota and dated circa 1890. Possibly Ojibwe.

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Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Monday, September 21st, 2015

An Ojibwe black velvet bandolier bag featuring spot-stitched pocket, panel and strap decorated with multi-color symmetrical floral and vine motifs. All edges are bound with yellow fabric tape and the bag and strap are lined with tan cotton cloth. There are beaded yarn tassels along the base. Made in the late 1800s.

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Hill House Construction

Monday, September 14th, 2015

A photograph of a construction crew at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1891.

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Boeckmann’s Sword

Monday, August 17th, 2015

A sword and scabbard presented to Dr. Eduard Boeckmann by the staff of Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul. Model 1860 Staff and Field Officer’s sword with rayskin grip and gold bullion sword knot. Gold washed blade etched with “Major Edward Boeckmann from Bethesda Hospital and Staff 1898″. “CHAS F. PUSCH, ST. PAUL, MINN” etched in ricasso.

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