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Object ID # 1977.047.035
Object Name Purse, Change
Other Name Whimsey, Beaded
Title Beaded Change Purse
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Year Range from 1850
Year Range to 1915
Artist Unknown beadwork artist
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Ontario?
Description Small, black change purse with First Nations beadwork using blue, pink, orange, gold, white, clear and red beads in some sort of leafy floral design. The flap and edges are decorated with white beadwork. There is a hook and eye closure at the point of the overflap. Consistent with Iroquois beadwork in style, motifs used and complexity.
Provenance Maker unknown. Likely acquired from an Ojibwa source/maker. May have come from the Saugeen area or the Bruce Peninsula.

Likely used by a woman of the Bishop or MacKay family of Owen Sound, Grey County.

Last owned by Fred MacKay Jr. of Owen Sound, who was a descendant from the MacKay family, the Hiram Kilbourn family, the Ebenzeer Bishop family and the William Avery Bishop Sr. family.
Collection First Nations, 20th-c Collection
Material Fabric/Bead, Glass/Thread/Dye
Dimensions W-10.7 L-6.7 D-1.1 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Bishop, William Avery
MacKay, Louise
MacKay, Fred George (Judge) (Jr.)
MacKay, Fred George (Judge)
Bishop, Margaret Louisa
Subjects Beads
First Nations of Central Canada
Purses
Wallets
Search Terms Ojibwa (Anishnaabe, Anishnibeg)