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Military Scout War Medicine Choker
Inspirational reproduction of 5-rows bone hairpipe and brass beads choker with conch shell rosette and ermine tails (strong war medicine). Made by me in 2016 in a traditional fashion and with a great attention to the details.
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Made of select 1,5" genuine bone hairpipes, antiqued round seamed hollow brass beads, 38 Colt Special cartridges, conch shell disk, all strung on commercially braintaned deer leather thongs through thick (5mm) spacers of an old saddle leather. All parts have been artificially aged to give the item kinda of a special character and to make it look and feel like a real old artifact from the Buffalo days.
Manufacturer: Maza Sapa (4 Colors)
Manufacture year: 2016
Tribal style: Crow
Finishing: Artificial patina
Number of rows: 5-rows
Size type: Adjustable
Materilas: Bone hairpipe *, Ermine fur *, Genuine leather *, Metal beads *
Lenght (without ties): 34 cm
Width: 5 cm
Weight: 220 gr
Collection: Northern Plains
Insignia type: Choker
☩ It would be surprising to know that one of the most popular trade items in the trade with whites were military and civil buttons that the Indians in most cases used not for their intended purpose, but as a decorative device to embelish their garments, headdresses, horsegear, war paraphernalia, etc., Similarly in this choker «Ermine Tails Military Scout War Medicine Choker» (SKU 2007.16.01) the real 19th military buttons are used not for fastening, but as a talisman and a beautiful accent. The ermine tails, cartridges and military buttons are all intended to provide a powerful war medicine.
☩ The fierce fighting ability of the ermine and his ability to elude enemies in the snow, was admired be the Indian people. Ermine skins were and still are a man's form o decoration due to this connection with warfare skills. Also conch shell disk attached in the center represents the protective power of the Moon.