A pair of Plains beaded hide Native American moccasins

A pair of Plains beaded hide Native American moccasins

1800 to 1900 North America

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A pair of Plains beaded hide Native American moccasins with a
radiating floral spray on the camp and long hide straps on high
buckskin cuffs, probably Crow
Circa 1880-1890

Size: 26cm long

Provenance: Recently found in an attic in Bedfordshire


In trading posts such as Bent's Fort in Colorado and Fort Still,

Oklahoma, old glass bead sample cards which were used by the traders

before 1900 had more than 80 colours of seed beads from which the

Native American women could choose. It was said that Crow women

'generally employed only seven colours in their work' and that they

showed little disposition with different colour combinations.


Crow women also did a limited amount of floral beadwork during the late

19th century particularly on moccasins, as well as leggings,

waistcoats, belt pouches and gauntlets. The patterns were

conventionalised representations of leaves and stems as well as flowers

such as on this pair of moccasins.
















Dimensions
Depth 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Medium
Buckskin and beads
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