A super rare, birch bark fan (circa 1830) with dyed moose hair embroidery-picturing a man smoking a pipe and a bird in a tree- repeated in different colors on the reverse! Greens, tans, blues, and blacks. The fan consists of bird feathers sewn to a hand woven linen backing. The bird feathers are mostly pheasant- no endangered species feathers. Stitched grass accents. Great patina on the handle from use. The birch bark is cracked in two places- see pictures.
Eastern tribe- possibly Iroquois.
The "stuffed" bird was sewn on the fan to assist with movement of air- a charming concept.
From a museum collection. Provenance provided to the winning bidder.
11 inches long.
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