An original steal plate engraving circa 1900's color steal plate engraving of Scalp Shirt of "Little Big Man" Sioux Indian, Printed by Bureau of Ethnology, Ninth annual Report Plate III
Condition is good. Colors are vibrant.

Color Steal Plate Engraving of Indian Sword

An original circa 1900's Bureau of Ethnology color steal plate engraving of a Sword of "Hle'wekwe (sword swallower fraternity).
Condition is good.

1861 Early Montana Cattleman's Letter w/ Env.

Cattleman's Letter. Two pages (including integral blank), two-sided, Quarto, Boulder Valley, Montana, June 12, 1871. Asa Cornforth writes to Mr. G. butterfield of Springfield, Maine. In full (errors intact): "Friend Butterfield, your letter is at hand. I am glad to hear from you and I am ashamed that I have not writen to you before now. I am sorry that I cannot send Mr. Walis his money now. I don't suppose that you have eny Idere of what it has cost me to get out here and get settled and my expenses has Ben very hevy and I was very unlucky last season we lost about 10 or 12 hundred dollars worth of cattle and we have had to by to ceep the Teams good. I am just getting started on a ranch and I am in hopes that when we get our cattle into winter quarters this fall and settle up the seasons work that I can send you some money. I expect that it has cost me more money to get my family out here & get settled than C. Leawell is worth and still Because I have not four of Five hundred dollars to spare eny day. I expect that I shall have to bare the name of being a dishonest man until such time as I can redeem my self. I have got property here but I am not in shape to turn it into money for I must have something to work with here as well as in eny other country. We often talk of you and think of you as good Friends and we don't intend to take the advantage of the long distance that seperates us. It is a generall (unintelligible) health here with us. Myself and Wife wishes to be remembered to your family and to all inquiring friends. I would be glad to hear From you again. Yours Truly, Asa Corforth." Letter is in Fine condition and is accompanied by the original transmittal envelope (right edge torn away on the envelope).

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