Native American Beaded Purse – eBay Find of the Week
This item is part of a collection of matching Native American beadwork accesories which will be up for auction this week, all with NO RESERVE.
A stunning hand made beadwork buckskin Native American Indian bag or pouch – for what usage I know not!
I have no idea to what age this bag relates or from where it originates but can say the beadwork is amazing. Some of the vibrant coloured glass beads are sewn directly on to the creamy soft buckskin others like the circular focal design is sewn onto a backing fabric first before being attached to the leather.
The long tassels are made from what I believe to be strings of plastic beads finished off with a real shell.
As with all used, vintage and antique items there may be some evidence of wear.
Condition: Beadwork is in exceptional condition whilst the buckskin is very slightly grubby with a liquid stain to the top of the bag which hardly shows when the draw strings are gathered up. Additionally there is a slight lingering musty smell from this item having been stored over a long period.
Size: Length of bag is 10 inches (25.7cms) with a tassel drop of a further 8.5 inches (21cms) giving an overall length of 18.5 inches (46.7cms) and width of 8 inches (20cms).
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