Winter Associates, Inc.
19th C. Navajo Blankets- Price Upon Request
Four 19th C. Navajo blankets: first a Classic Serapi Navajo men's wearing blanket, c. 1850-1860, believed to be Germantown yarn, red ground, cream, black, and blue geometric patterns including stripes, dashes, zig zags, and diamond shapes, scattered stains, largest unraveled area roughly saucer shaped but scattered holes and unraveling also found throughout, 89 ¾" l. x 51 ¼" w.; second an "eye dazzler" blanket, c. 1890, green ground with two vertical bands comprised of cream, black, and red zig zag patterns and black triangles, isolated holes, color run, 77" l. x 52" w.; third a transitional banded blanket, c. 1890-1900, red ground with alternating cream, black, and orange stripes of varying thicknesses, homespun, commercial dye, unraveling and uneven fringe, isolated holes and stains, one small repair, torn border, 82 1/2" l. x 51 1/2" w.; and fourth a transitional blanket, c. 1880-1890, red ground with black, cream, and green accents, three horizontal zigzagging bands, center row with three diamonds, homespun, commercial dye, isolated holes and unraveling sections particularly at center, edge wear, minor moth damage, 69 ¼" l. x 48 ½" w. [Oral history maintains that these blankets were collected by William Ireland Starr (Bridgeport, CT, b. 1877) during a trip "out West" in the early 20th C. Starr was a neighbor of Samuel Clemens in Redding, CT, and the great-great uncle of the consignor.]
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