Fine early Navajo leather 'money bag' or pouch decorated with silver domed buttons and a concho with turquoise.
This bag was found with an old piece of thin card inside, with a Navajo name (possibly the owner) and Navajo writing, as well as an old broken turquoise bead (see photos).
The five larger conical-shaped silver buttons on the bottom are made from American silver dimes and the date "1892" is visible on one of them (see photos). So this piece was likely made close to that date - circa 1890's.
There are 35 silver buttons, including the five made from dimes.
The central decoration is a silver concho, decorated with 'end of file' stamped designs, punched holes, and a bezel set rectangular turquoise stone in the center. The turquoise appears to be a later replacement for an original stone that is now gone.
The pouch opens from the back and extends flat as shown in the photos. There is a drawstring made of leather, which is threaded into some holes in the bag and is attached to the back of the concho. This is used to pull it closed and probably the turquoise bead that was found in the pouch was at one time attached to the end of the drawstring.
19th century - circa 1890's
This pouch is in good ethnographically used condition with the following noted:. The leather is still soft and there is no damage to it, just wear and a dark glossy patina. The silver button ornaments and central concho have not been polished for a very long time, if ever, and so have a dark tarnished patina which should not be polished.
The central turquoise looks old, but looks to be a replacement as it does not sit in the bezel like an original stone would. There is a very tiny chip to the turquoise, but no cracks. The pouch has overall wear and a beautiful overall dark rich patina.
The piece of card has old fountain pen sepia writing in Navajo. It seems to have a name "Hosteen" but I can't read the rest. Maybe someone familiar with Navajo will be able to determine what it is about. The turquoise bead that was in the bouch has a hand-drilled hole which has broken on one side.
A fine example of an early decorated Navajo pouch with provenance. Of museum quality
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