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Posted 3 years ago


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I have this very interesting hand beaded leather disc with an Native American Indian style glass bead design of a turquoise colored pot with a white design on the front, a necklace draped over it and a yellow peace pipe, all on a black glass bead background with an opaque glass beaded trim. It appears to be mounted on a round flexible (leather) disc with a Japanese floral fabric backing it. It measures about 8 1/2" diameter.

I am guessing this was probably made in Japan in the 1950s for the American consumer. I am not sure what it is or what it would be used for. Anyone that might have some information as to age, what it is, maker and value would be greatly appreciated. Or at least a hand pointing me in the right direction in which to search. I will be happy to send close-up photos if anyone thinks that will help.

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  1. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hi, in 1955 my in-laws toured the Smokey Mountains and in the course of their travels bought a souvenier from a roadside indian, traditional dress, blanket, authenic. It was a hammered copper ash tray depicting an indian. When they got back and we looked at it, it was stamped on the back 'Made in Japan' . It became the subject of a lot of jokes for a few years after. I know this doesn't help much, but yes, those indians in Japan were making trade goods in the '50s for sale here. Regards, Jim

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