Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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tobacco pouch
  • United States
  • tobacco pouch, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • buckskin, cotton, silk ribbon, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 20.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 8 1/16 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2003

The light colored buckskin drawstring pouch has metallic grey picot edging. It is lined with unbleached cotton cloth. There is a small tuft of red silk ribbon near the opening. There is not enough left to know its original placement.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of red stems, light blue leaves, two clusters of three green and brown elements, two pink and red leaf-like elements and the top flower is a medium blue and light blue tulip-like flower. The text above the floral design reads: REN. HENY. WESTHEO

The beaded decoration on side two consists of three red stems, the outer ones topped with pink and red leaf-like flowers, and the center one topped with a dark blue fan shape and five lighter blue petals. There are yellow leaves on both sides of the middle stem and green leaves on the outer side only of both outer stems.