Chief Blanket Hand Woven, Natural Wool
Hand Woven Chief Blanket with Natural Wool by Navajo weaver, Tyler Glasses. It measures 24 X 29″.
Navajo Chiefs Blankets are the most recognizable and valuable of all Navajo weavings. 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.
Navajo Chiefs blankets come in four phases, along with variants. Chiefs blankets are constructed in a wider than long format.
The First Phase Navajo Chiefs Blanket is simple with indigo blue stripes and white and brown natural churro wool.
With probably less than 100 First Phase Navajo Blankets in existence today, these are the most valuable and rarest of the Navajo Blankets. Ironically, one of these was found on the Antiques Road Show in Tucson, Arizona. Because of the simplicity of the piece, the owner didn’t realize this family heirloom had a great deal of value.”A blanket of this quality and age” according to Dr. Sublette “should bring $500,000 or more in today’s market.”
The Second Phase Navajo Chiefs Blanket has the addition of twelve boxes or rectangles laid down on a first phase chiefs blanket pattern.
The second phase navajo chiefs blankets are the next transition in Navajo aesthetics. Second Phase Blankets are also very rare but more common in comparison to the First Phase Blankets.
The Third Phase Navajo Chiefs Blanket, for many collectors, may be the most artistic of the Chiefs Blankets. Composed of nine diamond or Cross formations, these blankets were made in the 1860 to 1880 time frame.