Antique Whimsy Pin Cushion
An Iroquois crafter created this Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads and Clear Basket Beads. It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.
This Pin Cushion features a bird design surrounded by leaves in the corners. One corner still has looped tassels that probably appeared on the other corners as well. The crafter beaded the design on a tan velveteen fabric. Most of the nap of this fabric has worn away. Polished cotton in a tan color makes up the back.
You will see many beads are missing from the edges of the pin cushion itself. Most of the design remains intact but the beads have become very dark. Some of the clear beads are red and yellow. You will also see Green Seed beads in two of the corners. A white paint like substance appears in a few spots on the front.
A previous owner used this Pin Cushion, and it still has several pins in it.
This Beaded Pin Cushion will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!
It measures about 4.5″ square. The thickness is about 1.5″ and the filling seems to be intact.
One of a kind!
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