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Iroquois Beaded Whimsey Canoe Souvenir 1880s

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1900: Item # 781764

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Iroquois Beaded Whimsey Canoe Souvenir 1880s

Collectible early example of this appealing art form is brought to us courtesy of the Iroquois clan, circa 1880. These early souvenirs were produced in the Northeast until around 1930. This canoe form is completely edged in beaded rolls. Both sides generously decorated in floral rosettes with dripping tassels and joined leaf forms. Underside holds three more groups of tassels complete with bugle beads. Original double beadwork hanger handle; this was sold as a handbag or wall pocket, the canoe top able to be opened and stuffed with useful household items. Beading appears to be all present and intact. Small loss to green under fabric. Measures 7 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" tall. Hangs about 8 1/2" in all. Heavy with beads it weighs about 4oz. Red, blue, gold, pink and colorless beads of two shapes are used. Suitable for museum display or collector.

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