It’s no exaggeration to say that, in this business, there is always something new to learn. I recently acquired a collection of pre-1950 Alaskan work wear. Over the years, I’ve had an occasional pair of moccasins or a Victorian black seal coat, but I’ve never had an authentic collection of Native Alaskan clothing. This collection came to me from a favorite picker who bought an old steamer trunk filled with antique Alaskan clothing and artifacts. This particular picker was most interested in the artifacts and knew he could flip the clothing to me.
Included in the collection is a wolf fur coat, men’s seal skin work pants, various pairs of fur & bead moccasins, a pair of seal skin boots, a two piece woman’s dress (the underdress is hide & fur and the overdress is cotton), a seal skin vest, numerous fur boot liners, and several handmade leather & fur belts. Pricing these pieces was challenging because there aren’t a lot of comparable items out there. So I based my pricing on two factors: my gut and my investment!
Whether or not you are interested in buying these pieces, feel free to stop in and see the collection. I’ve learned something new and now, it’s your turn!