Large 1850s – 1880s Iroquois Perching Bird Whimsey With A Back Of Black Victorian Crepe, A Velvet Ruffle, And Off White Velvet Front.
- 1850s – 1880s Iroquois Perching Bird Whimsey
- The Beadwork In White Translucent Pound Beads Depicts A Bird Standing On A Branch
- Velvet on the left side of the bird is very worn and has almost no knap left to it
- Just under the upper limb is a small 1 1/4″ tear on this very old fabric
- Beadwork colors on the frame around the bird are translucent white, green, amber, wine, and an opalescent blue
- The stems of the leaves, the birds skinny legs, and detail on the branch on which he is perched are accented with basket beads
- These Eastern sewing items were an adaptation.
- They were *from the beautiful beaded bags, leggings, and other clothing accessories used by the Indians themselves
- Anglo Victorian women carried their sewing with them in those days.
- Pin cushions, needle boxes, or sewing boxes covered in beads were an item that the native women could sell.
- They did so at such places as Niagara Falls and railroad stops
- The pillow is very high and measures 5″ in depth
- It is 9 1/2″ long by 8″ wide
- Native American Beadwork