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Sioux Loom Beaded Garters Collected by Medal of Honor Recipient James M. Burns
Lot # 161 - Sioux Loom Beaded Garters Collected by Medal of Honor Recipient James M. Burns
woven on cotton thread using colors of red white-heart, cobalt, greasy yellow, periwinkle, pink, green, and white; embellished with edge beading; red braided wool fringe finishes ends, total length 15.5 in.
fourth quarter 19th century

James Madison Burns was born in Jefferson County, Ohio in 1845. In 1861, at the age of 16, Burns enlisted in the West Virginia Infantry. On May 15, 1864, at the Battle of New Market, Virginia, while under a heavy fire of musketry from the enemy he voluntarily assisted a wounded comrade from the field of battle, thereby saving him from capture by the enemy (Heitman 1988:265). This act of valor earned Burns the Congressional Medal of Honor.

According to census records, in 1870, Burns was located in the Fort Sully vicinity, Dakota Territory, and had been promoted to Second Lieutenant in the 17th US Infantry. The 17th US Infantry was mustered to Fort Abraham Lincoln, D.T. alongside companies from the 6th US Infantry and the 7th US Cavalry. In 1876, when General George Custer rode to Little Big Horn, Burns remained at the Fort as acting commanding officer.

Two days after the battle, Captain Miles Keogh’s horse, Comanche, the sole US survivor of the battle, was found wounded. Burns assisted the fort’s veterinarian, Dr. Charles A. Stein in removing the bullets. Dr. Stein [spoke] favorably of the assistance he received, in extracting the bullets, from Lt. [James M.] Burns (Gray 1977). It is possible that during his time in the Dakota Territory, Burns acquired the cradle.

Burns returned to Lebanon, Ohio and wed Caroline Corwin Sage in 1883. He remained in the military until he retired in 1899. He died in 1910 and is buried in the Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, Ohio.

Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register and Dictionary of the U.S. Army. Volume 1. Washington, G.P.O., 1988.

Gray, John S. “Veterinary Service on Custer’s Last Campaign.” Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains. Autumn 1977 (Vol. 43. No. 3). pp 249-263. (Accessed 24 August 2015 at https://www.kshs.org/p/veterinary-service-on-custer-s-last-campaign/13275)
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<i>Ottolini</i> Sonia Doll and <i>Bonomi</i> Doll
Lot # 290 - Ottolini Sonia Doll and Bonomi Doll
Italian, 20th century. A rare Ottolini Sonia hard plastic doll with bent composition body, closed mouth, blue flirty sleepy eyes, and heels. Marked Ottolini C.&D. / MOD. DEP. / MADE IN ITALY on back of head and Sonia on original name tag. Plus, a Bonomi hard plastic doll with bent composition body and twist waist, open mouth with upper teeth, green flirty twist and turn eyes, and with original clothes and tag. Marked BONOMI / ITALY on back of head; tallest ht. 25 in.
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Western Handmade Leather Belts
Lot # 244 - Western Handmade Leather Belts
lot of 4, all with hand tooling. Includes a black belt with silver metal discs and braided horsehair decorative loops, length 44 in.; PLUS a braided horsehair belt with tooled tip; PLUS a tan leather belt with cream stitching, AND a chocolate brown braided horsehair belt, length 44 in.
fourth quarter 20th century
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<i>Kent</i> Toy Stove and <i>Arcade</i> Ice Box and Sink
Lot # 308 - Kent Toy Stove and Arcade Ice Box and Sink
American, 20th century. An assembled group of cast iron kitchen toys, including a Kent gas stove with a pan and pot, an Arcade ice box with one ice block, marked Gurney to front, and an Arcade sink, marked Crane; stove ht. 7.35, wd. 7.5, dp. 3.75 in.
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Northern Plains Quilled Hide Hair Drop from the Monroe Killy (1910-2010) Collection, Minnesota
Lot # 158 - Northern Plains Quilled Hide Hair Drop from the Monroe Killy (1910-2010) Collection, Minnesota
red and yellow quillwork form two horned figures on drop; drop edged with greasy yellow and dark blue beads; hide thongs are wrapped with quillwork and hang from edges; blond horse hair finishes drop, overall length 20 in.; quilled portion 9.5 in.
fourth quarter 19th century

Monroe P. Killy (1910-2010)

Monroe P. Killy was born in Minneapolis, MN. His passion for anthropology began when, as a teenager, he built an Indian encampment in the back yard of his father’s photography studio. Killy’s keen interest in all things Indian led him to dedicate his life to learning about and understanding Native American culture. He is respected for the fine quality and exquisite detail of his photographs and films documenting Indian life and culture.

Throughout his life Killy worked primarily for Eastman Kodak in Minneapolis, first as a sales person and then as a manager. Killy’s avocation, studying Indians, prompted him to found the Minnesota Archaeological Society, where he was considered to be one of the most influential collectors in Minnesota. His collection grew as he purchased artifacts directly—either from the original owners or from Indian artisans. Today, Killy’s photographs, films, and portions of his collection are housed at the Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
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George Elbert Burr (American, 1859-1939)
Lot # 194 - George Elbert Burr (American, 1859-1939)
Rhine at Trechtlingshausen 
watercolor on paper
signed l.l., titled l.r.
matted
14.5 x 10.25 in. (sheet), 20.25 x 15.5 in. (mat)
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Sioux Beaded Twin Calf Head Bag from the Collection of William H. Jensen, Minnesota
Lot # 104 - Sioux Beaded Twin Calf Head Bag from the Collection of William H. Jensen, Minnesota
thread and sinew-sewn and beaded using colors of red white-heart, greasy yellow, dark blue, pea green, maroon, cobalt, light blue, and white; tin cones filled with red-dyed horse hair embellish side seams and opening of bag; with White Eagle Indian Trading Post, Albuquerque and Jensen-Weeks collection tags, length 15 in. x width 8.25 in.
ca 1900

William H. Jensen (1886-1960)

Jensen was born in St. Paul, MN. By age 7, he was hunting for arrowheads in the family garden on Jensen’s Island in Lake Traverse, near Browns Valley, MN. As a young adult Jensen became committed to understanding the heritage of the Browns Valley area. He worked first as a teacher; later, as a worker and then owner of the Browns Valley grain elevator; and finally, as the owner of the first TV tower in Browns Valley. Despite his busy schedule and his family life, Jensen always found time to work as an amateur archaeologist. Before long he was known for both his excavations and his ethnographic collection.

Jensen’s enthusiasm for anthropology and his discerning eye led to an important accidental discovery. In 1933, when a load of gravel was delivered to his grain elevator, Jensen discovered human bone fragments and a stone tool buried in the gravel. He hurried to the pit, which was located within the city limits in the Plateau Addition of Browns Valleys. With the help of the driver he found the site and began carefully sifting through more gravel, where he discovered additional bones and some flaked-stone tools.Jensen contacted Albert E. Jenks from the University of Minnesota and, in time, dating tests confirmed that the skeletal material was approximately 9,000 years old. This Paleo-Indian skeleton has become known as the Browns Valley Man, most likely he was one of the first Indians to arrive in the Americas from Asia. Brown’s Valley is one of the oldest sites in North America."
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<i>Lehmann</i> Masuyama Rickshaw Windup Toy
Lot # 343 - Lehmann Masuyama Rickshaw Windup Toy
Germany, early 20th century. A Lehmann Masuyama tin windup toy depicting a man pulling a woman holding a parasol in a rickshaw, marked Masuyama, Lehmann, and Made in Germany 773 with patent and logo on back of cart; ht. 6, wd. 7.5, dp. 2.5 in.
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Navajo Two Grey Hills Weaving / Rug Deaccessioned from the Hopewell Museum, Hopewell, NJ
Lot # 270 - Navajo Two Grey Hills Weaving / Rug Deaccessioned from the Hopewell Museum, Hopewell, NJ
extremely fine weave of hand-spun wool using a natural palette of browns, gray, and cream; central diamond with nesting elements; zigzagging lines extend to corners; double border; 68 wefts/in., 14 warps/in.; 91.5 x 67.5 in.
second quarter 20th century
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<i>Waterbury</i> Cheshire Regulator Clock
Lot # 89 - Waterbury Cheshire Regulator Clock
American, late 19th century. An oak, eight-day, regulator clock by the Waterbury Clock Company of Connecticut in the "Cheshire" pattern, with partial label on bottom interior; ht. 44.25, wd. 14.5, dp. 6.75 in.
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Leo Frank (American, 1884-1959)
Lot # 56 - Leo Frank (American, 1884-1959)
Orientalist Coastal Scene
woodcut in colors
signed and numbered 99
9 x 14 in. (plate size)
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