James Compton Gallery Blog

Pueblo Felt Cap

This old Pueblo felt cap measures about 7″ in diameter and drops in length to 10.5″.  This cap dates to the late 19th century.  The body of the cap is pressed felt and the drops appear to be buckskin and ermine pelt based on...

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Wonderful Plains Indian Hide Sewing Case

Possibly Sioux / Lakota Origins? This sewing case, circa 1880, measures approximately 10 x 6 inches, spreading to a thickness of about 1″ with its contents.  I was told that the hide is bear, but I rather think it’s cowhide, black and worn smooth...

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I’m Participating in The Cody Old West Show in Santa Fe this Weekend

I will have a booth space at the Old West Show this weekend hosted at the Santa Fe Convention Center downtown on Marcy Street.  Please come by and say hello!  Since I’ll be at the show all weekend, my gallery will be closed Friday...

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Zuni Wearing Blanket Circa 1860

This Zuni wearing blanket measures 68.5″ long by 51 ” wide.  The colors of the weft – natural brown, rich indigo blue and cochineal dyed raveled bayeta – are what give this blanket its power and beauty.  The brown is a deep brown with...

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James Compton Gallery to participate with the ARTsmart’s Edible Art Tour (EAT)

Edible Art Tour Friday June 14! This coming Friday, June 14th I will be joining both Los Magueyes (the wonderful Mexican restaurant to my immediate North) as well as the B&B Bakery (the very popular baker of all sorts of treats – immediately to...

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Historic Pueblo Cradleboards

One of my favorite things to collect are the historic Pueblo Cradleboards.  They were used to carry the babies around for the first year or two.  Most of the boards I have found have been reduced down to the simple, plain board.  All the...

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A Tour Through the James Compton Gallery

Here is a quick (2.5 minutes) tour through my gallery.  This is my attempt to include those of you that can’t get to Santa Fe anytime soon. Enjoy your visit!

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3 New Items Added to the Collection

I’m adding three new items to my gallery today.  A round Blackfoot beaded bag, a Crow knife with beaded sheath and a wonderful and early Comanche saddle bag made of buffalo hide. Blackfoot Beaded Bag The round Blackfoot bag is just over 6″ in...

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Three Early Pueblo Water Jars

These three ollas, or water jars, are the favorites of my pottery collection.  All three have the characteristics that make a beautiful jar; a sensuous body, a full neck and an out-flaring finish to the rim.  The Cochiti olla and the Zuni olla have...

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Plains Indian Scouts Wearing Navajo Blankets

It’s rare to find old paintings with Native Americans wearing Navajo blankets, but a friend of mine shared this Bonham’s listing with me.  This painting is by Charles Craig and shows a group of scouts out on the plains.  An encampment can be seen...

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