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Object Name Pocket, Wall
Catalog Number UNNUMBERED-360
Date ca. 1880
Material(s) Silk/Glass/Cotton
Dimensions H-1.25 W-2.5 D-7.5 inches
Description This is a wall pocket designed to look like a lady's slipper. It is made of dark blue velvet with beaded design elements. The toe is squared and there is an edging of white beads. On the top of the toe is a leaf design done is gray and white beads with the stems being done in blue. On the heel of the slipper there is long leaf made of gray and white beads with the stem made of blue beads. The top of the sole of the slipper is bound with white cotton and the inside of the top of the slipper is also lined with white cotton.

Notes Although there is no provenance on this piece it is possible it is a piece created by the Iroquois for the tourist trade. Wall pockets designed like a lady's slipper is a common design for late 19th and early 20th century commercial pieces made by the Iroquois. It is possible that a Kentuckian purchased it while on vacation at Niagara Falls.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Subjects Beads
Search Terms Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Native American
Native Americans
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS