Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded awl case
  • United States
  • beaded awl case, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, porcupine quills, horse hair, metal, wood, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 42 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 1/2 x 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1514

This is a conical buckskin awl case with a wooden filler. It has quill wrapped buckskin fringes. The case is wrapped in a string of beads that gives the impression of oblique lines of green, dark blue, light blue, pink, yellow, red, and medium blue. There is a buckskin flap with a pink field, four dark blue squares and a border of yellow and red. The fringes and flap have tin cones at the end, with tufts of red horse hair.