Cabinet of Sequah Wearing Magnificent Beaded Vest, circa 1890. This handsome cabinet card features a ¾ length image of a dapper young man wearing a fringed and beaded buckskin jacket and pants, and a beautiful fully beaded vest. He wears an enormous hat tilted at a rakish angle. Photographed by Hermann Ernst of London. Boldly inscribed on verso: "Very Faithfully Yours, Sequah." It is fair to assume that this is an image of William Henry Hartley, the Managing Director of the Sequah Medicine Company of London, which began selling patent medicines such as prairie flower and Indian oil in 1887, using traveling salesman known as Sequahs. Hartley was the first and original Sequah. He was known to have adopted the swaggering gait, dress, and accent of an American cowboy, combined with Indian accoutrements, to further swindle the crowds into believing he and his patent medicines were the real thing. Gilt edges. From the Emory A. Cantey Western Collection.

    Condition: Faint soiling to lower portion of photographer's mount; minor wear to mount corners. Very fine.

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