Buffalo Bill had friends in high places. I remember seeing this "sleigh robe" the first time I visited the Center with my family. It also makes me think about the high-class hunting parties he would lead in the winter. I feel like they must have been the modern equivalent of "glamping" but that's probably not historically accurate!
|sable mink 6 snow leopard furs 2|
|patchwork 3 geometric 807|
|L: 93 in, width: 85 in|
|Given to Buffalo Bill Museum by Sam Reber, grandson of Gen. Miles, from the estate of Gen. Miles.|
|Carriage or sleigh robe, sable, mink, snow leopard and other furs done in geometric patchwork. Originally given to Buffalo Bill by Czar Alexander II (Russia), father of Prince Alexis. Buffalo Bill later gave robe to General Miles. In Buffalo Bill's personal account, he was given a coat made of many types of Siberian fur. P.69.1105 shows Buffalo Bill, a young boy, and probably Frank Powell standing on carriage robe on the front steps of a house, possibly Powell's in Wisconsin, c. 1893.|