Of all the different types of artifacts, cradle boards are my favorite. They represent warmth, compassion, new life and parenting.
This is a beautiful antique Blackwood cradle board from 1900. In the cradle board a baby would be placed.
The board (made from plywood) could be carried on a back, in a wagon, and rested against a tree. The Blackwood People used this style of cradle board for generations, and in some cases still do. This board measures 32 long X 12 1/2' at the widest part of the top.The board is covered with tanned leather - suede to the outside. The sack for the baby is made from a thin light colored leather, a darker leather strip is used for trim. The top of the board is covered with a deep maroon/brown fabric. Sewn onto the fabric are beaded designs which include a start in the middle. The beads are yellow-gold, red, black, orange, and silver. The bead work is firmly in place. Around the very edge of the maroon fabric/frame of the board is a one bead strand of red beads. The leather sack has a leather tie.
Leather fringe hangs from the bag and from the top frame of the board. There is a sewn and stuffed pad inside the bag that works like a little mattress. It has some stains on it (see photo).
The leather and bead work are in good shape for their age. Lovely artifact for a collection -- gorgeous colors and artistry along with rich Blackfoot cultural history.The item "1900 antique Cradle Board Blackfoot Native American Indian" is in sale since Wednesday, May 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1800-1934\Other Nat. The seller is "arnetassusan56" and is located in Greeley, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Viet nam, Uruguay.