Sioux Beaded Hide Tobacco Bag, Purportedly Belonging to Red Cloud (Lakota, 1822-1909)

sinew-sewn and beaded using colors of translucent green, white, dark blue, greasy yellow, and red white-heart; bag coated with remnants of yellow and blue pigment; German silver buttons, overall length 21 in.  Attached to bag is a handwritten paper label: Chief Red Cloud's Pipe Bag/ was a part of the collection-/ tribal pieces owned-/ Jack Red Cloud - / and son of Chief R-/ prominent Ogallala D-/ (verso) sold by Red Clouds - / the Evans Store at Pine - / Agency So. Dakota 1919- / to Fred Hackett / -by S.W. Smith of the -
second half 19th century

Also included are several typed letters of correspondence providing transfer of ownership, including a typed and signed affidavit from Frederick Hackett (1884-1975), the original owner, dated July 21, 1972:

Dear Mr. Diessner:

As I mentioned to you on the telephone, I am 88 years old, having been born in 1884.  In 1912 I was working at Pine Ridge Agency disbursing meat rations to the Sioux Indians.  At this time I became acquainted with Chief Iron Tail and was adopted by him as his son, appearing with him in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows in 1914, 1915 and 1916.  In 1934 I purchased Chief Red Cloud's pipe bag from Mr. S.W. Smith of the Evans store.  This bag, along with other Sioux items belonging to Jack Red Cloud (son of the famous Chief Red Cloud, and also a prominent Ogallala Sioux Chief) had been sold to the Evans store by Red Cloud's grandson in 1919.  The pipe bag referred to is the one shown in the enclosed photos, bearing my signature on the back for identification and verification.  The tag attached to the pipe bag is the original written by S.W. Smith.  There is no doubt in my mind about the fact this pipe bag belonged to Chief Red Cloud.

Diessner purchased the bag and traded to a prominent Red Cloud collector Tom Hass, Sr. for a documented pair of Sitting Bull moccasins and bandolier bag.


S.W. Smith. Evans Store (1919-1934)
Frederick B. Hackett, Illinois (1934-1972)
Donald Diessner, Washington (1972-1980)
Tom Haas, Sr., Illinois (1980)



Provenance:From the Collection of Robert Jerich, Illinois

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
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