Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded awl case
  • United States
  • beaded awl case, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, metal, horse hair, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 25.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 1/16 x 1 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1985

The long narrow case is made of rawhide. There is a flap over the top and two long fringe/flaps of buckskin. There are metal cones with tufts of red horse hair at the end of each flap and the end of the case. The case is wrapped in green beads, with a band of white and two bands of dark blue near the middle. the flap closure is beaded in white, dark blue and yellow stripes. The flaps at the bottom are edged in multi-colored beads. There is a short loop of multi-colored beads at the top of the case.