Rawhide Shield, Old Venetian Glass Trade Bead Strand
- Rawhide Shield, Old Venetian Glass Trade Bead Strand
- This is a nice Plains necklace with a rawhide shield pendant.
- The pendant is pigment painted with green, red and black.
- Painted “legal eagle” feathers dangle from the shield.
- It is attached with a brain tanned buckskin strip that would have gone around a man’s arm.
- Sometimes full-sized shields such as these were hung on tripods as medicine pieces and not used for battle.
- The 1740s to 1850s strand of tradebeads is strung on very soft deer hide leather.
- Most are Venetian glass trade beads.
- These include four large feather beads in good condition and green chevron watermelons.
- A small blue/grey chevron and various stripped fancies intersperse the strand.
- There is a single, tubular stone bead.
- Two faceted opaque Russian cobalts are found on the strand.
- The buckskin leather is knotted but can be opened up to be made longer.
- The strand is currently 12 1/2″ long.
- The shield measures 2 1/2″ in diameter.
- With feathers, the shield hangs 5″ long.
- The necklace and feathers hang 17″ long.