June 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Kansa Indian Family CDV by Reiff, Plus

Lot of 3 CDVs, each credited to J.B. Reiff, Council Grove, Kansas, ca 1868, featuring an outdoor view of a Kansa Indian family. Reiff had emigrated to Council Grove from Lavaca County, Texas, east of San Antonio, where he had a studio in 1866. The Kansa tribe were located on the Neosho Reservation near Council Grove, from 1847-1873, when they were removed to Indian Territory. The CDV likely shows the Agency grounds at Neosho, and appears to capture two brothers, each with his son, though it is possible the elder man might be father of the other three. Each has a wool blanket wrapped around his body. The two older men carry fans made from golden eagle forewings. The two at left display hand mirrors carried in carved wooden frames. The mirror frame resting on the ground has a feathered circle design of radial diamonds chip-carved on the back side. The young man at right grasps the quills of three peacock tail feathers. Accompanied by two views of Caucasian families taken in the same outdoor setting. 


Even toning to each CDV, with few spots/stains on recto and verso. 

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

Internet Bidding

Have a Similar Item?

Consign With Us

Let Cowan's Handle Your Shipping!

Cowan's Auctions is one of the only houses to offer full service, in-house shipping.  

Our experts pack and ship over 5,000 purchases each year.  
Shipping costs are included on every invoice to make getting your items as fast and easy as possible. 

For more information, click HERE or contact shipping@cowans.com.