Native American Antiques 

Native American Indian Rugs
These are nice vintage Native American Indian rugs just into our antiques mall. They came in from a Native American Indian Chief's wife and they look great.

Native American antiques have been collected though out the centuries for their fine workmanship and very early place in our history.  Antique prehistoric pottery pots are very collectible as are the more recent Indian pottery from later times.  Also Native American Indian silver jewelry and turquoise are also very sought after.

We buy Native American Antiques!  If you would like to sell Antique Navajo Rugs, sell Ansazi Pottery, clay pots or turquoise jewelry plus other interesting pieces or if you want help establishing the value of your Native antique treasures
Contact Gannon's Antiques & Art!

Native American Antiques from our antiques mall.

Despite the fact that Native American Indians have been on the North American continent for thousands and thousands of years, a lot of their culture has been lost.  Therefore we are excited whenever we find Native American artifacts such as arrowheads and stones that were used in their every day life. Gannon's Antiques Mall is also always seeking prehistoric pottery and Native American antiques such as old blankets, old pawn jewelry, squash blossom necklaces, and other wonderful treasures that were made by hand with basic tools.  Sometimes we are lucky enough to acquire whole collections. These are our favorite because they tend to have more information provided by the previous collector then when we obtain only an item or two.
There is so much richness and variety in the Native American antiques collected due to the vast expanse where the North American Indians lived. There are fine items that were made up in the Northwest where it was cold and whales and seals were hunted for food.  These  will differ greatly from what the Plains Indians or the Southwest desert tribes made and used in everyday life. Some tribes were known for their bead work, others for their weaving and yet others for their beautiful pottery.

AMERICAN INDIAN BEADWORK
Native Americans first decorated their clothes with painted designs. They used natural pigments made of earth, grass, clay and berries. After which they found they could make beautiful embroidery with porcupine quills that they colored in the paint pigments.  As ornamentation became more elaborate, the early American natives made beads from bone, dry berries and shell. They used the beads to make necklaces and decorations for their bags and their garments.

In the late 1600s the tribes began to get beads from European traders. These were glass beads typically called pony beads because they were brought in by the trader's pony pack trains. Later, around the mid 1800s a smaller glass bead was traded to the Indians. These were called seed beads which are still used today. One way to tell the age of  beadwork is to look at the size of the beads.  In the beginning beads were not plentiful so most of the work would be painted or embroidered with porcupine quill. After a time, the beads and quill embroidery work were joined together.  Still later, it was mostly all beadwork and the quill embroidery was used less and less.

AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY
Did you know that Turquoise was mined and turned into jewelry by the prehistoric Indians as far back as 200 BC in Southern Arizona?  It is thought that the nomadic Navajo, who traded with the Spanish and many other tribes, were the ones who brought silver to the Native Americans. They were in contact with the Spaniards in the Southwest from the late 16th century on. Some of the early Spanish designs became key to the Navajo jewelry including the origin of the squash blossom necklace.


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