American Indian items are bringing unbelievable prices these days, and most dealers are completely unaware of the breadth of this market.
Arrow and spear points can bring thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars, but how do you recognize them? Books, books, and more books. There is so much written on this subject that you can really get your teeth into this research and benefit tremendously. Just think about the possibility of finding a spear point for $150 and selling it for $10,000. Wouldn’t that make your day? You can do this only if you recognize one of these special pieces when you see it. Ninety percent of what you see in the market place today is common, so most dealers don’t take the time to study where the rarity in this field of Indian artifacts lies.
The great thing about Indian artifact treasure is that there are so many areas to study. How about Banner Stones and Peace Pipes. Do you know much about them? Cradle Boards and Saddles are two more items that the average person would know very little about, but you can take advantage of their lack of knowledge and increase your bank account substantially it you know their value. The list is almost endless Drums, Gloves, Hats, Dolls,Clubs, Blankets, Belts, Baskets, Bags, Jars, Leggings, Moccasions, pipe bags, pipes and last but not least Rugs. I am almost tired out just listing the things that the Indians made that, today, can help us reach our goal of being financially independent.
The wonderful amount of knowledge that you will receive in your search of these items will help your understanding of our history in this country’s early days. All the things that I just listed were functional items used in everyday life, and not meant to be decorative. These are true relics of the past history of this country and will be appreciated by those who collect them.
There were many tribes in each state as they are laid out today, and these tribes often came into conflict with one another. As you study, you will find how their paths crossed and the consequences of these meetings. Wow, what a interesting subject to delve into. And while your’re at it, wouldn’t it be great if you made a huge amount of money based on your studies?
A beaded bag may bring over $20,000, while some baskets can command $10,000 or more. Bowls and other pottery might sell for $25,000-$35,000. Beaded pipe bags might bring $20,000-$30,000.
Have you got a phase one American Indian blanket? If so, you could be looking at a half million dollars or more. I remember the gentleman on the Antique Road Show that was told his blanket could receive this type of bid. I thought he was going to have a heart attack. This blanket had been used as a comforter on his couch, and the dog had slept on it.
When you study this, you are introduced to real Indian life right hear in this country. Think how much fun it would be to visit the places where the items were made. Remember the phrase, “Buy American”? As items originally from Europe and Asia are being returned to their countries, here is your chance to buy American.
Cecil, a member of the antiques & collectibles wealth building club I lead, The 31 Club,became friends with a lady in Evansville, Indiana who often asked him to either buy or sell items she had collected. One day she ask him to take a look at an Indian blanket she had. Cecil looked it over, and rather than try to buy it, he told her that she should have one of the leading auction houses look at it. I will never forget this story because this is the way our 31 Club will operate. We want to make money but also be honest and help others if we can. You see, she had been good to Cecil in the past, and he recognized this rug as something special, so he wanted to help her. Could he have bought the rug for $5,000 or $10,000? Maybe. When she took it to the auction house, they gave her an estimate of $250,000. Do you think Cecil made a friend for life and will continue to work with him?
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