On November 15, Freeman’s American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts sale will feature a hand-illustrated scrapbook catalog from the collection of Erastus T. Tefft, once the foremost collector of Native American Artifacts in the United States.
In addition to his renown as a collector, Tefft (1877-1935) was a member of the New York Stock Exchange and founder of the brokerage firm, Tefft & Co. His collection was purchased by the Museum of Natural History in New York, where for years it was on permanent display.
Lot 424, The Erastus T. Tefft Collection of Garments and Implements of the Indians of North America, was created in New York in 1904. It contains 82 pages, 40 of which are embellished with original watercolor illustrations. Some pages feature pen and ink illustrations and many contain manuscript text describing the illustrated items. The catalog is bound in blue Morocco leather with gilt borders. Marbleized end papers and a marbleized slip case finish this stunning piece of Americana.