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Object ID # 1959.002.022
Object Name Purse, Change
Other Name Whimsey, Beaded
Title Beaded Coin Purse
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Likely 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Ontario?
Description First Nations-made beaded change purse (coin purse) with a red edge trim that is worn at the bottom of the purse. There is a floral beaded design in the centre and in between the floral / leafy design and red trim there is a white and beige beaded line that follows the trim line.
Provenance Owned by Mary Ann (Minnie) Givens (née McKay), who lived in the Massie District, Holland Township, Grey County. Minnie married James Givens in July of 1898. Minnie and James farmed in Holland Township, but are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. James R. Givens was born in 1875 and died in 1958. Minnie was born in 1871 and died in 1950.

Next owned by Jean Reid (née Givens), their daughter, who married William Reid. Jean was born in 1899 and died in 1991.

It looks like a 19th-century item, and belonged to Mrs. James R. Givens (b. 1871) but the donor recalled receiving it as a Christmas gift in 1906, with a letter from Santa Claus inside it then.
Collection First Nations, 19th-c Collection
Material Wool/Velvet/Beads/Thread/Dye
Dimensions W-10.1 L-8.2 D-1 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Givens, James
Givens, Mary Ann
Reid, Jean
Subjects First Nations of Central Canada
Search Terms Massie
Ojibwa (Anishnaabe, Anishnibeg)
Function A decorative holder for carrying a small amount of coinage or other small items.