Sep 30, 2021 - Sale 2580

Sale 2580 - Lot 21

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
NOTE THE SCALP MOUNTED TO THE SHIELD IN FOREGROUND (AMERICAN INDIANS--PHOTOGRAPHS.) William Soule. Indian Lodges of Buffalo Skins & Cedar Poles. Albumen photograph, 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches, on original 10 1/2 x 7 1/4-inch plain mount with manuscript caption, numbered 435 in negative; minor foxing and minor wear to mount. Indian Territory, 1872

Additional Details

William Stinson Soule (1836-1908) spent eight years in the west. In 1872 he was the post photographer at Fort Sill in what is now Oklahoma. This large-format card photograph shows an encampment of 4 tipis, with a woman working in the background. The extended caption notes that the tipis measured 18 feet in diameter and 20 feet in height, and calls attention to the "method of fastening covering on frame; also arrangement for ventillation & the entrance as closed when the occupants are out. Shield, with scalp in centre, on tripod in fore-ground."