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1

A Salvaged Porphyry Popeye Birdstone, with Red Ocher

Glacial Kame Culture, Late Archaic Period, 3000-500 BCE
length 3 in.

Crafted of highly contrasting cream and dark gray porphyry; head with upturned nose and large round popeyes; body has a slight flair which accentuates the salvaged tail; remnants of red ocher. 

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,688
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Hopewell Cache Blades, Longest 5-3/8 in.

Hopewell Culture, Middle Woodland Period, 200 BCE - 400 CE
Dickison Mounds, Peoria County, Illinois 
lot of 16, longest 5-3/8 in.

The Dickison Mounds are located north of Peoria, Illinois, overlooking Lake Peoria.  The mounds were named for J.B. Dickison, whose family farm was built on top.  This group consisted of 12 mounds, of which the southern most was destroyed to build a construction facility.  The debris from the mound was used for fill for the construction of Illinois Route 29.  These cache blades were found in the debris during the highway construction. 

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,438
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3

Old Copper Culture Socketed Adze

Old Copper Culture, 7000-3000 BCE
Vilas County, Wisconsin
length 3-1/8 in. x width 2-1/2 in.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$531
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Old Copper Culture Socketed Adze

Old Copper Culture, 7000-3000 BCE
Wisconsin
length 3 in. x width 2-1/2 in.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$344
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Old Copper Culture Gouge

Old Copper Culture, 7000-3000 BCE
Wisconsin
length 7-5/8 in.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$250
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Old Copper Culture Socketed Points

Old Copper Culture, 7000-3000 BCE 
Wisconsin
lot of 24, longest 5-1/4 in.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$500
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Old Copper Culture Rolled Conical Points

Old Copper Culture, 7000-3000 BCE
Wisconsin
lot of 3, lengths 4-1/4 in., 3-1/4 in., and 3 in.

Starting Price: $200
Estimate: $400 - $600
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Old Copper Culture Preform, Socketed Point, and Forming Mandrel

Old Copper Culture, 7000-3000 BCE
Oneida County, Wisconsin
length 2-1/8 in.

Three tools found together.

Starting Price: $150
Estimate: $300 - $500
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9

Old Copper Culture Large Awls and Spears

Old Copper Culture, 7000-3000 BCE
Wisconsin
lot of 4, longest 9-3/8 in.

Starting Price: $200
Estimate: $400 - $600
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A Group of Old Copper Culture Knives

Old Copper Culture, 7000-3000 BCE
Wisconsin
lot of 11, longest 6 in.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$594
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11

Mi'kmaq Engraved Steatite Pipe Bowl

elongated cylindrical bowl engraved with bar and dot elements
height 2.75 in. x length 1.25 in.
18th century

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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12

Eastern Woodlands Decorated Antler Crooked Knife

an early example, having a rich and warm patina; handle decorated with a heart surrounded by overlapping circles; iron blade
length 7.5 in.
first half 19th century

Starting Price: $1,000
Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500
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13

Northeastern Ash Splint Lidded Basket

square form and having stamped decorations
height 11 in. x width 15 in. x depth 15 in.
ca 1900

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$375
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Northeastern Ash Splint Lidded Basket

large rectangular form; painted in red and with potato stamped decorations
12.5 in. x length 21 in. x depth 14 in.
ca 1900

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$323
04/16/2021
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14

Sioux Buffalo Horn Ladle, with Crane Effigy

large round spoon with a slender handle; top of handle in the form of a crane, having blue glass bead eyes; remnants of red pigment in scoop
length 13.75 in. x scoop diameter 6 in.
second half 19th century

A similar example is curated within the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts (accession number 81.410).

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,688
04/16/2021
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15

Eastern Woodlands Elm Burl Feast Bowl

exceptionally large bowl having rectangular handles and remnants of old red paint
height 7.25 in. x length 25.5 in. x width 18.25 in.
late 18th century

cf. Powers, Steven. North American Burl Treen (2005: 122, pl. 7/2 a/b)

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,125
04/16/2021
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Eastern Woodlands Elm Burl Bowl

thin walled and with sides carved into the form of the Manitou; remnants of brass tacks; accession number inked on base
height 4.5 in. x length 16 in. x width 14.25 in.
19th century

cf. Powers, Steven. North American Burl Treen (2005: 118, pl. 6/15 a/b)

 

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,063
04/16/2021
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17

Ho Chunk (Winnebago) Bird Effigy Burl Wood Bowl

shallow bowl with avian form
height 3.25 in. x length 11 in. x width 5.25 in.
mid-19th century

cf. Penney, David. Great Lakes Indian Art (1989: 23).

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,500
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18

Carved Bone Crucifix

possibly Mi'kmaq or Maliseet, Jesuit IHS inscribed on reverse
length 2.75 in. x width 1 in.
mid-18th century

An example of a crucifix identified as Mi'kmaq or Maliseet is curated within the collections of Musee McCord (No. M3).

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,875
04/16/2021
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19

Eastern Woodlands Pipe Tomahawk, with Decorated Blade

tulip-shaped bowl and beveled molding attach to a forged steel head; with one side inlaid with brass depicting a sun and crescent moon, opposite with a copper tree surmounted by the initials OC, a rain cloud, and six crosses, length 6.5 in. x width of blade 2.25 in.; collar lightly decorated with a cross placed within a sun; wood haft has a silver end cap and bands located under the head and at the base, overall length 15 in.
late 18th - early 19th century

A similar tomahawk head is housed within the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (collection no. 18/8272) and is noted as Sauk and Fox, dated 1829.  The Smithsonian example is also published in Harold Peterson’s book American Indian Tomahawks (no. 139).

Family Lineage:

Constance Stratton Crabtree (b.1918) 
Harvard Hersey Crabtree (1882-1871) 
Henry Clay Crabtree (1844-1927) 
John Dyer Crabtree (1805-1881) 
Deacon George Crabtree (1771-1862) 
Captain Agreen Crabtree (1732-1808) 

Agreen Crabtree was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1739.  At a young age, Crabtree sought adventure.  He tried his hand at many occupations including farming, fishing, and as a mariner.  In 1760 he moved to Maine and opened a lumber and shipping business.  When discord broke out between the British and French in 1775 along the northeastern coast, Crabtree saw his chance.

As described in a biography of Crabtree, A man who sailed before the mast… has left relatively few records.  A delightful Maine rascal with the improbable name of Agreen Crabtree proves to be an exception to this rule… During the early years of the war, when Maine aggressively presented threat real and imagined for the imperiled British, Captain Crabtree scored outstanding victories on the high seas (1982: 6).

Crabtree, in his small eight gun, fourteen-man outfitted schooner, the Hannah and Molly, plundered British ships and loyal British settlements up and down the Northeastern Coast, primarily in the areas around and including Nova Scotia. Crabtree’s most notable success was the Raid at Port Medway, September 26, 1776, where he captured five British vessels off the coast of Nova Scotia.  

In another documented raid which occurred in 1777, Crabtree sacked and plundered a British truck house at the mouth of the St. John River in Nova Scotia.  It may have been at this point where he obtained this tomahawk.  Truck houses were established in the British Colonies to control trade and foster diplomatic relationships with Native Nations and the British government.  During this escapade, Crabtree obtained trunks of gifts for the British crown from the local Mi’kmaq and Maliseet people, as well as various other goods. The Superintendent of Indian Affairs at Machias and a patriot, John Allan, notes of a visit from Agreen Crabtree in his diary on November 17, 1777:

Capt. Crabtree came up to the falls and brought up a trunk he took at St. Johns with several pawns belonging to the Indians, and sundries belonging to the British Truck House on that river (1897: 319).

Allan again writes of Crabtree in a letter written the next day: A. Greene Crabtree arrived here yesterday. He has been to the mouth of St. Johns where he found a Truck House erected by the Britains under the care of Messrs, Hazen, White & Simonds, he took everything of their property only.  Also all the Indians Pledges he has Bro’t & Delivered me, expecting some payment. I cannot say how far this was Legal for a Privateer, But I am extremely glad it is-done (1987: 319).

Crabtree’s plunder at the truck house became a hot topic after the British negotiated a Peace and Friendship Treaty at Menaguashe with the Mi’kmaq and the Malecite on September 24, 1778. In a letter to John Allan after the signing of the treaty, Mi’kmaq and Malecite leaders proclaimed their loyalties to the Crown and demanded the return of the objects looted by Captain Crabtree the previous fall. 

We desire you will return into the hands of Mr. White at Menaguashe the pledges belonging to us, which were plundered last Fall out of Mr. Hazen’s Store by A. Greene Crabtree, Capt. Of one of your Privateers: for if you don’t send them we will come in a manner you won’t like (Raymond 1897: 318-319)

It is unclear if Crabtree surrendered his plunder of the truck house. Captain Crabtree continued his looting through the end of the Revolutionary War, adding two other schooners to his raids.   

References:

1982     Faibisy, John D.  “The Greening of A. Crabtree: The Downeast Adventures of a Revolutionary Privateersman”. in The American Neptune.  January. Vol. XLII. No. 1 (5-24).

1897     Raymond, Rev. W.O.  “Selections from the Papers and Correspondence of James White, Esquire. A.D. 1762-1783”. in Collections of the New Brunswick Historical Society, Vol. 1, Issue 3 (306-340).

1905     Raymond, Rev. W.O.  History of the Saint John River: A.D. 1604-1784. Saint John, New Brunswick.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$16,250
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Great Lakes Calumet Pipe Stem, with Steatite Bowl

locomotive-style steatite pipe bowl; having lead inlay, incised decorations, and pierced crest, length 4 in. x height 3 in.; with a long stem having a beveled and file-branded surface, length 32.5 in., overall length 35.5 in.
mid-19th century

Starting Price: $2,000
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
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21

Otoe Ball Club

carved of ash or chestnut; burl head is topped with an otter or Underwater Panther; lower portion of haft has scalloped edges and is pierced through for attachment
length 26 in.
mid-19th century

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$25,000
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22

Eastern Plains Painted Gunstock Club

having traditional form and embellished with notched edges; painted on both sides with floral patterns using colors of red, cream, gold, and white
length 28 in.
second half 19th century

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,419
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23

Western Great Lakes Pipe Tomahawk

beveled haft having a file-branded surface and studded with approximately 85 brass tacks; blade with a heavy hook and tall, tulip-shaped bowl; length of head 6.75 in. x width of blade 2.75 in.
overall length 17 in.,
third quarter 19th century

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,625
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Western Great Lakes Carved Pipe Stem, with Catlinite Bowl

stem carved with connecting diamonds and file-branded edges, length 23 in.; T-shaped catlinite bowl with angled prow, length 4.75 in. x height 3.75 in.
overall length 27.5 in.
fourth quarter 19th century

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,375
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25

Western Great Lakes Polychrome Pipe Stem, with Catlinite Bowl

elegantly carved pipe stem having concentric rings and openwork cage elements; wood with warm patina and red pigment, length 15.5 in.; matching T-shaped bowl having slight bevel to bowl and designed using nesting chevrons, length 8.25 in. x height 4.5 in.; each inked with accession number 4088/2066 and 108
overall length 22.75 in.
fourth quarter 19th century 

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,625
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Western Great Lakes Figural Pipe Stem, with Catlinite Bowl

wood stem carved depicting a right hand and snake; red and black pigment, length 24.in.; with an L-shaped catlinite bowl designed having concentric rings, length 5.25 in. x height 4 in.
overall length 28 in.
fourth quarter 19th century

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,903
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Western Great Lakes Catlinite Pipe Bowl

carved in the image of the Underwater Panther
length 5.75 in.
third quarter 19th century

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,875
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Sioux Quilled Pipe Stem, with Inlaid Catlinite Bowl

wood stem wrapped with plaited quillwork; L-shaped catlinite bowl is decorated with lead inlay forming buffalo tracks; stem length 25.5 in.; bowl height 3.75 in. x length 5.5 in.
fourth quarter 19th century

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,125
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Great Lakes Wood Club

having a deep and rich patina; heavy burl head; beveled handle with incised linear decorations
overall length 31.5 in.
early 19th century

Starting Price: $1,000
Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500
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