Native American Indian antique, beautiful, beaded strap for a Plateau horse martingale or neck drape. I believe it to be Crow due to the white outline of the geometric designs, however, the Nez Perce do similar work. It is sinew and thread sewn on a strip of native tanned hide with a red wool backing. The bead colors are: greasy yellow, greasy light aqua (?) blue, rosy red white hearts, navy blue, and white. It features the characteristic triangles and beaded stripes of Plateau bead work. It is edged with a heavy muslin that was once a green or blue. The front side is now faded to a tan. It has a pair of metal cones on each tab with red horse hair in each. The horse hair appears to have been replaced. The strap would be beautiful framed or could be used as a weapon drop. The condition is good, the only fragile part might be the muslin along the edges, but it is still sewn down and is not rotten. The back leather shows some soiling.
The strap measures: 26" in length by 3 1/2" wide plus a leather strip for hanging. I have shown several photographs of horses wearing similar martingales or collars in my photos.
The strap dates from the very late 1800's to the 1920's.
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Native American Crow, Apsaalooke,or Nez Perce Beaded Horse Martingale Strap
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