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I  purchased two necklaces  at an estate sale, I literally found them in a dusty box in the basement filled with other old beeded purses from the  victorian era  I was  only allowed to buy them because
I brought the  box to the   attention of the sellers and they two were amazed with the  collection  I had discovered,  I have  search the  net and cant find anything close  So if you could help me  gain
knowledge  of these two necklaces  I would be most gratefull   thank you

the black one is 22 in  long top to bottom of fringe and the red one is 19.5
the width  in 5/8 on each side,  the  red one has 11 beads in most rows and some with 12  and looks
more complicated
the black one has 9 beads per row

ANSWER: Richard;
I'll need sharp images of each to be able to make any comment. They should be an overall shot, and a close-up showing the details of the work and the details of each closure. Make sure they are in focus and best if shot on a white background. You may upload them as follow-up questions.

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QUESTION: Hello Richard.  
Thank you for getting back to me. I'm sorry my images did not get threw to you I will send them again and thank you
Sincerely. Rick Elden

These are called yoke necklaces and are beaded on a loom. Most of them that have the fringed medallion at the base, that I've seen, come from Oklahoma and are made usually by Cherokee and sometimes Comanche or other Nations there. They seem to be Southern Plains in style, not Lakota or Cheyenne or Crow and have some age, possibly dating back to the turn of the century.Of course, Non-Indian bead hobbyists also make such necklaces, so a more thorough examination is necessary to prove they are from an American Indian beader. Testing the thread to make sure it isn't nylon or polyester would also help date them as synthetics were in use after the 1950s. If you have access to a known dealer in AMERICAN INDIAN ANTIQUITIES, I would take them there for a more complete appraisal and valuation as our experience with beadwork is incomplete. Hope this helps.

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Richard Sutton


As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.


My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, and our Ebay Store.

UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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