I have the best sister-in-law!!! I have three. However, Tobi, who is married to my brother Pat, live in Montana right on Flathead lake. Tobi has strong roots in the Kalispell/Lakeside area and the property where they live has been handed down since the mid 1800s. The last two years both Pat and Tobi have been cleaning out and clearing out STUFF. She has found generations of antiques, and old family items. The most fun for me is all the beadwork she has discovered. Over the last few years she has sent me treasures that I have shared with you. Wellllll yesterday I received another box from her. Wowowowowo oooohhhhhhh and aaaahhhhhh is all I could say. There were two very long lariates from the early 1900s. Here is one of them. You may recognize this technique, it has come back in that last year or so.
Notice the black cotton thread, and the Czech beveled rounds.
The second one is much longer. It is a bit more worn and has some damage.
Haaa and you thought beaded beads were a new thing. A black wooden bead was used. It is not painted it is black wood.
Thanks Tobi for adding these wonderful pieces to my museum collections.
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