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Plains flaring-style war bonnet

SKU: 2869.19.01
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Premium-quality reproduction of a classic late 19th – early 20th century Plains style flared style feather war bonnet. For sale or trade. Made by me in 2019 with a commissioned quillwork by a prominent Czech artist Petr Pokorny (RIP). This bonnet is the best of what I made thus far....

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Handcrafted from a combination of 16 select large turkey feathers realistically simulating immature eagle feathers and 16 dark brown moxtavovetas feathers, all being arranged as to form a dark cross in rear view.

The feathers are attached with stiff rawhide loops to the skull cap, loops being sewn to the feather quills and wrapped with linen thread. Red trade cloth patches («firecrackers») cover the base of each feather, secured with spiral linen thread wraps. Besides that the feathers are decorated with a white fluff at the base, and their tips have blue (on the white feathers) and yellow (on the dark ones) horsehair tassels accented with rectangular marks («coup dots») of white gypsum.

The foundation for the feather crown is a skull cap made from 2 pieces of German tanned hide sewn with real sinew, and competely covered with red trade cloth material. The gaps between the feathers are filled with highly coveted ermine fur fringes and are readily visible between the feathers.

The buckskin browband is decorated with flattened and dyed porcupine quills, featuring 4 red-blue-yellow triangles on a white background.

Each side of the war bonnet is decorated with 2 sinew-sewn ermine tubes with skunk fur tips and ribbons of natural silk.

In the middle of the crown there is a stripped Sun Dance quill («Major Plume»), tipped with nice yellow fluffs and surrounded with a cluster of cut-and-stripped feathers dyed blue and yellow.

In the rear portion is tied a pouch with a personal war medicine.

Made by: Maza Sapa (4 Colors)

Manufacture year: 2019

Tribal style: Arapaho, Cheyenne, Lakota, Northern Arapaho, Northern Cheyenne

Finishing: Natural patina, Artificial patina

Materials: Czech beads *, Horse hair *, Imitation eagle feathers *, Natural pigment *, Natural silk *, Porqupine quills *, Rawhide *, Real sinew *, Skunk fur *, Trade cloth *, Turkey feathers (Meleagris) *, Vulture feathers (Aegypius monachus) *

Metacollcection: Plains

Collection: Central Plains

Insignia type: Feathered war bonnet

 In this bonnet I used 16 select high quality turkey feathers simulating immature eagle feathers from my old stock that I've got by a special commission order from Real Legal Feathers ( long ago. Also, there are 16 real vulture (Aegypius monachus) feathers, that I did straighten and carefully trim to simulate eagle tail feathers and to match their turkey counterparts.

  • Mike Cowdrey, (2020-03-30)


    I'm very impressed with the beautiful work you have done on the war bonnets---good designing, and excellent imitation eagle feathers!
  • Teed Howard, (2020-02-21)


    Lots of thought and craftsmanship displayed here, congratulations!
  • Paolo Griggio, (2020-02-20)


    Beautiful, Very Nice, and great work.

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