March in Montana Auction
Live Auction

March in Montana 2024 Session II

Sat, Mar 16, 2024 01:00PM EDT
Lot 613

White Bull Crow Shirt and Thomas Mails oil on board

Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
White Bull Crow Shirt and Painting Shirt: 32" long x 22" shoulder to shoulder. Accented with beaded cuffs, fringe and two elk teeth. Three metal eagle buttons adorn the closure in the back. Very showy with unusual cuffs. On brain-tanned buffalo hide. Circa 1875-1885. Oil: Thomas Mails (1922-2001) White Bull, Miniconjou Sioux Warrior 24" x 20" oil on board Signed upper left Verso: Knoke Fine Arts sticker: Circa 1970, Illustrated in the book The Mystic Warriors of the Plains. Sticker states incorrect page and plate. Painting is illustrated on page 282, Plate 15 of the book. $40,000-50,000 Provenance: Thomas Mails, Personal Collection; Private Collection, Seattle, WA; Late 1960s purchased by the Chapin Family, Private Collection, Sandpoint, ID by descent. The Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas Mails and Warpath: The True Story of the Fighting Sioux Told in a Biography of Chief White Bull by Stanley Vestal included in the lot. Chief Joseph White Bull (1849-1947) was the nephew of Great Sioux Chief Sitting Bull.


Shirt shows some minor discoloration in areas but is fine overall. Beadwork on cuffs was added later. Oil is excellent.