From Northeastern Woodlands Indians, possibly Cree, a fabulous pair of toddler's deer hide high-button booties, c1880-1900. Each bootie has a line of the tiniest handmade button holes and the tiniest handcut mother of peal buttons, all original, bottom to top. Red, white and green glass beads for decoration, and extending from the heels (something I've never seen before on a Native American boot) decorative fringes of hide strips. From a private Native American collection.
The hide from which the boots were hand made is still soft and supple and in good condition. The boots have been worn, but gently so. There is soiling to the soles, honest wear patterns, and some soft surface rubbing and slender surface scratches, all anticipated. The glass beading is entirely present and accounted for. The boots measure 5 1/2" heel to toe, adding another 1/2" for the fringe popping out of the heel. The boots are 5" high adn 2 5/8" across the ball of the foot along the sole. What a terrific example of Native American handiwork, made for family members. PENDING