A specialized Auction of primarily Native American, Native North American, Native Central American, and Native South American Collectibles, to include 250 lots of Baskets, Pottery, Blankets, Rugs, Artifacts, Tools, Points, Art, and Sterling Silver Jewelry. Primarily bringing to market the deacquisition property of Treasure Island Indian Museum, and other private consignments.
Treasure Island was owned and operated by Jack Barnhill (1918-2015). Throughout his life, Jack engaged in many businesses, including photographer, inventor, artist, collector, trader, museum owner, and firearm dealer. He is most noted as having founded and run the Treasure Island Museum & Aquarium in St. Ignace, MI for more than 40 years. The museum housed thousands of items, including Native American artifacts, shipwreck coins and cannons, and antique arms.
Jack is the son of well-known treasure hunter, photographer, inventor, and entrepreneur, Esmond Gerrard (E.G.) Barnhill, who among many other accomplishments, owned and operated Ancient America along US 1 in South Florida. E.G. Barnhill is also noted for discovering the "Barnhill Mound" and creating stunning hand-colored photography. The Barnhill family traveled extensively in the Western States, and spent most Summers in the Western states, collecting quality Native American pieces by way of business and trade with local Native Americans.