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Buffalo

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Buffalo Bills

National Museum of American History

Buffalo Bills

National Museum of American History

Buffalo Sabres

National Museum of American History

explorer, buffalo

National Museum of American History

Buffalo Coat

National Museum of American History
Physical Description

Specific History

According to legend, this coat was made from the skin of a buffalo killed by Buffalo Bill, and presented by him to Captain J. B. Irvine, Twenty-second U.S. Infantry. Irvine then presented it to Second Lieutenant Albert C. Dalton, Company A, U.S. Infantry.

General History

In a life that was part legend and part fantasy, William F. Cody came to embody the spirit of the West. During the Civil War, Cody served first as a Union scout in campaigns against the Kiowa and Comanche; then in 1863 he enlisted with the Seventh Kansas Cavalry, which saw action in Missouri and Tennessee. In 1867, Cody took up the trade that gave him his nickname, hunting buffalo to feed the construction crews of the Kansas Pacific Railroad. According to Buffalo Bill, he killed 4,280 head of buffalo in seventeen months.

He is perhaps best known for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, a theatrical extravaganza. His show dramatized some of the most picturesque elements of frontier life. It contained a buffalo hunt with real buffalos, an Indian attack with real Indians, and a grand finale that reenacted Custer’s Last Stand, with some Lakota who actually fought in the battle playing a part. The show was enormously successful and traveled the world for three decades.

From Brigadier General Albert C. Dalton, US Army (Ret'd), written 26th July 1951:

"This coat was made from the skin of a buffalo killed by the celebrated "Buffalo Bill" (Mr. William F. Cody) at the time he was engaged in supplying buffalo meat to the workers on the Union Pacific Railway, and also to the troops of the United States Army in the same area. The skin was presented to Captain Javan B. Irvine 22nd US Infantry who was a famous Indian fighter and a close friend of Buffalo Bill during the days when he was with the army as a guide and Indian Scout. Captain Irvine presented the coat to then 2nd Lieut Albert C. Dalton 22nd Inf. who served in Captain Irvine's Company "A" 22nd Infantry from May 1889 to Aug 1891---when he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieut and assigned to the regiment for duty as an officer. Captain Irvine retired the same year and on leaving the regiment gave the coat to Lieut Dalton.

The coat was repaired and the quilted lining put in in place of the old lining in 1910 at the Schuykill Army Factory".

Buffalo

National Museum of American History

Buffalo

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Less than one repeat of design composed of four outline figures of buffalo, partly overlapping in diagonal arrangement and looped figures in blue and white developed at one end in parallel white lines. Printed in green, white and blue on green ground.

Buffalo Treehopper

NMNH - Education & Outreach
This object is part of the Education and Outreach collection, some of which are in the Q?rius science education center and available to see.

Buffalo

National Museum of the American Indian

Buffalo

National Museum of the American Indian

Buffalo

National Museum of the American Indian

Buffalo

National Museum of the American Indian

Buffalo

National Museum of the American Indian

Gray Buffalo

Catalog of American Portraits

Buffalo Sabres

National Museum of American History

Tatanka (Buffalo)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Buffalo Blanket

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Hide blanket. Buffalo hide with hair on, heavily worn and repaired in several places. Catalog and label identify this as Kiowa. Tag identifies it as Comanche. 88" (223 cm). Records: A buffalo hide pieced with buffalo calf-skin. Thrown over the slat-work bed of willow wands. Very old. [Tag in Mooney's hand reads:] "Woman's buffalo blanket. Comanche. $7.00" (C,L,T). (from Merrill, William L. et al. 1997. A Guide to the Kiowa Collections at the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology, no. 40. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.)

Buffalo Robe

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Buffalo Robe

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
FROM CONSERVATION REPORT, AFTER REMOVAL FROM EXHIBIT HALL 9 (C. VALENTOUR 3/98): "ENTIRE TANNED BUFFALO HIDE WITH TAIL."

Buffalo Skin

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
ACCESSION RECORD: (FROM) "SIOUX CAPTIVES." FROM CONDITION REPORT AFTER REMOVAL FROM EXHIBIT HALL 9 (C. VALENTOUR 3/98): "COMPLETE TANNED BUFFALO SKIN W/ TAIL & HEAD."

Buffalo Robe

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
From card: "Large skin, long, black hair attached. The catalog number, collector, and locality ("British America") is written on skin itself. The catalog book does not list it, having no entry under that number. Numbers 105012-015 are included on the Baird donor card, however, as being one of his accessions."

Buffalo Robe

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Buffalo Robe

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
From card: "The skin has been dressed with the hide on. The interior is decorated by vertical rows of porcupine quill embroidery."
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