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Object Name Purse
Date ca. 1860-1910
Description Beaded purse or pouch, American Indian design. Made of red wool, edged in red and black silk, with multi-colored glass beads in an abstract floral design (different designs on front and back). Shape is 6-sided, with two outside flaps. The flaps are not functional; the interior of the bag is reached through the open top edge. Interior has blue cotton lining. The shape, materials, and techniques used in the bag are similar to those seen in Iroquois bags.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Native American)
Acquisition Gift of Robert Ansley Smith
Ownership and History This purse may have descended in the Ansley and Crocheron families of Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1800
Latest Date 1910
Material Wool/Silk/Cotton/Glass beads
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number 75.013.0044
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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