This is an amazing work of art! Bandolier Bags were typically made in the Mid to late 1800 to Early 1900's by the Woodlands Indians. This Bandolier Bag is the highlight of our Native American Beaded collection.
It should be noted as well this bag was worn by Chief Rain In The Face - Lakota Sioux and is signed in very old fountain pen on the back side. Rain In The face killed General George Custer's brother Tom Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn where he cut out Custers heart.
I have spent years trying to find a picture with the Chief wearing the bag! If anyone can ever help with this task please reply..
This may have been a gift to the Chief. The beadwork is that of the Chippewa people not typical work of the Sioux people which is done primarily with geometrically design.
Here are two recommended links. One featuring Bandolier Bags and the other featuring Rain In The Face.
BANDOLIER BAGS: http://www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/mnh/bandolier_bags/index.htm
RAIN IN THE FACE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain-in-the-Face