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Vintage Medicine Bag

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Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Very long shoulder strap - about 50" long, can be slung diagonally across the chest.

Leather
suede
Size
4" wide at widest point;
pouch is 9" tall;
6" fringe;
15" from top of pouch to bottom of fringe
Strap
50" total length, approximate
Closure Style
strap laced as drawstring
embellishments
bone, stone, shell, claw, hoof, horn, hair, wood, bead, cone, antler
Artist / Origin
unknown

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Bear and other animals carved from antler.

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Bears carved from jet, turquoise, bone.

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Vintage Medicine Bag

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Paula says - "This is a very remarkable vintage medicine bag that is loaded with a host of hand carved animal fetishes, two natural claws and many other adornments. I suspect who ever made this long ago had powerful medicine in mind!

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Antler kokopelli with abalone bird below.
Antler bear head mounted on antler slice inlaid with colorful stones and fringed with fur and turquoise.

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Natural claws finished with fur and red felt.

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Vintage  suede leather medicine bag with many carved animals and adornments of hoof, hair, bone, turquoise, abalone and more

Many tiny hoof tips and a second abalone bird.

 

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Native American Indian Jewerly and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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