Antique Whimsy Lot
Four unique Antique Beaded Whimsies come with this Lot. You will get a Mini Purse, a Pincushion like ornament and two Wall Pockets.
These are classic examples of 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.
The Mini Purse comes in Dark Red fabric over a cardboard base with Clear Pony Beads and Basket Bead designs. The front flap features a Botanical design and the back has a Bird design. It measures about 3.75″ long x 2.5″ wide. The fabric has deteriorated and it has suffered noticeable bead loss. Only one of the closure clasps remains and one of the loop tassels has fallen off.
The Pincushion Ornament features a rounded top and a pointed bottom. The crafter used Red fabric for the front and what may have been Blue on the back. He or she bound the edges with bias tape. On the front, the crafter created a medallion design in Clear and Transparent Green Seed Beads and Blue Basket Beads. Below this, you will find White Seed Beads spelling NIAGARA FALLS 1924. A loop of assorted Seed Beads at the top allowed the Pincushion to hang. This piece measures about 4.5″ x 4.5″ at its widest points. You will see some bead loss in the word ‘FALLS’ and the Fabric has faded in color. Otherwise, this piece remains in very good condition for its age.
The smaller Wall Pocket has lost most of its Red Wool Fabric and edging. Most of the Clear Seed Bead and Basket Beads that form the Botanical designs remain. The back fabric is intact. It measures about 6.5″ tall x 4″ wide.
The larger Wall Pocket features a deep Wine colored velveteen on the front. The Clear Seed Beads of the floral medallions remain mostly intact, but the Basket Bead centers have come off of most of them. You will see further bead loss around the edges and some of the Clear Seed Bead tassel loops have come off. If there was a hanging loop at the top, it is no longer present. The back fabric shows spotting and small holes. The front pocket retains its shape, the cardboard has not collapsed. This Wall Pocket measures about 8.5″ tall (not including the Beaded Tassels) x 5″ at the widest point.
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