Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded awl case
  • United States
  • beaded awl case, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • leather, buckskin, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 29.5 x 6.5 cm length does not include buckskin loop; width at bottom fringe
    Object Length/Width: 11 5/8 x 2 1/2 in length does not include buckskin loop; width at bottom fringe
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1977
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Description

The long narrow case has leather fringe at the bottom. The lid slides on a buckskin loop attached at the top of the case, which also acts as a handle. There are two fringes on each side of the lid and short leather fringe at the bottom of the lid. Small bits of metal are crimped on the ends of the long fringe at the bottom of the case.

The beaded decoration is a string of beads wrapped around the case to form bands of light blue and yellow with a black stripe between. The same bands repeat on the lid, but rather than wrapped around, the beads are attached from front to back. The seams on the lid are covered in stripes of black and yellow.