Antique Native American Beaded Headband Hatband Seed Beads Thunderbird 20 1/4 In. Up for sale is this beautiful, rare antique headband or hatband. It is from the late 1800s to late 1920s. During this time, it was common to see the "swirling log" or "whirling log" pattern in Navajo designs.
It is now associated with a swastika and WW2. Before Hitler, it was considered a sacred symbol or emblem that represented humanity, healing, and life. Other designs include a Thunderbird, a bumblebee, a bird, and a teepee with what I believe is a cross at the top. (Native American Church Symbol), a flower, and a few other hard to decipher symbols. This could be telling a story that the creator wanted to remember.This item is in good condition for its age. It was beaded on a Loom, using cotton thread.
You can clearly see where the Beader had run out of thread and had to start a new piece. You can see the various knots along the edge. Three sides of the band are tacked down to the leather, and the bottom edge is loose.It is not missing any beads. These are old colors of seed beads that are no longer used.
You only see colors like these on antique pieces. Approximate measurements are shown in the photos. Please see photos for the exact condition of the item.
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