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    AMBROTYPE OF SHABONNA, OTTAWA/POTTAWATOMIE INDIAN CHIEF This quarter-plate ambrotype image of Shabonna, the Ottawa and Pottawatomie Indian chief who fought with Tecumseh has been tinted slightly to add effect to the facial features of this famous, early Indian chief who later became one of the white man's best friends. Shabonna was a big, burly man with a wide face who allied himself with Tecumseh in 1807 to form a confederacy against the white settlers. After Tecumseh was killed, Shabonna was persuaded to become a friend to the white man and even later guided American troops during the Blackhawk War.

    Shabonna was already an old man when this ambrotype was taken in the 1850s. He appears to be wearing a fringed belt and a heavy jacket and has his ears pierced. In his right hand he is holding a cane tinted gold at the top, Also, he is wearing a very early sheathed Bowie knife with a gilded top. The wooden case measures ase 4.5"x 5.5", the image 3.25"x 4.25". Good condition, has foxing, some discoloring.

    Note: An ambrotype of Shabonna's wife, Coconako is included in this auction in a separate lot.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
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