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As of Feb. 2, shipping is right up to date ... and for the next week we are back to "next day" out-the-door". You might also want to check out the blog posts on the NATIONAL BISON ASSOCIATION Winter Conference ... and the South Dakota bison experience.
Shipping is currently "next day" once again. Check out the blog posts on the BISON Conference ... and the S.D. bison experience.

ONE OF A KIND - Vintage Arctic wolf pelt and suede leather; hand made; hand beaded, one-of-a-kind vest

$1,795.00

This was an on-line auction buy ... and what a vest it turned out to be!  A beautifully tanned arctic wolf pelt; hand beading on a sueded leather .... probably elk or bison (or it could be caraboo or reindeer (it is a heavy garnment weight leather ... not cow or steer), trimmed in doeskin with doeskin ties.  It has a cotton (or poly-cotton) lining ... and is at least a men's XXL for size.  The lining and the pelt are pristine; the arm holes show some wear and might even use a bit of cleaning.  There is no odor; one small stain on the upperleft (you can see it in the picture), but otherwise in excellent condition, with years and years of wear still in this unique piece - never seen anything quite like it

This was a mature wolf; long dense hair; completely flexable as to the hide ... and the beading was done right onto the leather.  Side pockets that are well made and practical.

This vest was made with a whole lot of care and hand work.  

Now, about the inscription on the inside in pen or marker "L Walker  Liard Dine   Yukon"

Wow .... Google told me nothing concrete; no provinance of any use from the seller.  There is a Liard River in the Yukon ... and nothing else I could find with that spelling.   Dine (or Dene) is a native term of "people" or a reference to a tribe or group of people .. the latter more associated with the Abathaskan tribes of the Northwest Territories and/or Alaska ... the former with Navajo and Southwest US tribes.

Nothing I could find with the bead design helped to narrow down the creation .. or it's likely origin.  So ... it is a beautiful, wearable, functional piece of unknown history; you will have to make your own history with it from here!

 

Cecil

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