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Three phases of a Navajo Chief blanket

Navajo Chief blanket
Navajo Chief blanket

Navajo Chiefs Blankets are the most recognizable and valuable of all Navajo weavings.  Navajo Chiefs Blankets have been collected not only by other Native Americans before the United States even existed, but also by such notable collectors as William Randolf Hearst.

A Navajo Chiefs Blanket could be purchased for around fifty dollars in the early 1800’s, one thousand dollars by the turn of the nineteenth century, and today, a Chiefs blanket in excellent condition, could sell for half a million dollars or more.

First Phase Fragment
First Phase Fragment

The First Phase Navajo Chiefs Blanket is simple with indigo blue stripes and white and brown natural churro wool.

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Navajo Chief’s Blankets: Three Phases

third-phase chief blanket

Navajo Chief’s Blankets: Three Phases

By Dennis Gaffney

Posted: 2.16.2007

At the Tucson ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in summer 2006, appraiser Douglas Deihl, of Skinner in Boston, Massachusetts, examined an antique Navajo blanket, probably woven in the 1870s, that was colored with indigo blues and a variety of reds. "Stylistically," Douglas told the woman who owned the blanket, "this is called a Navajo third-phase chief’s blanket."

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