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SALE Victorian Beaded Pillow Pin Cushion Whimsey Niagra Falls Iroquois Native American Souvenir Large

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A beautiful example of a spectacular, heavily beaded, patriotic themed, large whimsey. These were made by Native Americans and sold as souvenirs at Niagra Falls, New York in the early 1900s. This original, handmade piece was probably part of a pillow casing or cushion. Large and small colorful, shiny beads tightly sewn in a detailed design of a bird, flags and an arrow as the centerpiece. The scalloped edging has an ornate pattern with swirled beaded rows, circles, and gold, red, blue, and green leaves. There are even some rows of very small beads along part of the edges that seem like "fillers". Most likely satin, very soft, fabric as the rolled over edging. Lower right scallop has a loose bead row and still attached, and with the satin pulled in a little to the beading. Almost all the other many, many beads are tight and secure to maintain the designs. Tan velvet is the background fabric and it is in tact with some worn places where the heavy beads have rubbed against the velvet, and the very bottom strip being soft and flat and lighter in color. This backing is all one piece.
The opposite side of this beaded piece is very interesting, and for once, we get to see the neatly sewn, artful work of the "inside". The thick, tan, cardboard cutout shape shows the path of the seamstress and her needle with the threads carefully alligned. Edging sewn in place is still secure.
This piece is 10" wide, and 8 1/4" high, a large piece of handmade needlework.

A piece of art. Feels heavy in your hands.
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SALE Victorian Beaded Pillow Pin Cushion Whimsey Niagra Falls Iroquois Native American Souvenir Large


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: beads, velvet, satin, thread, fabric, heavy cardboard, bird, flag, arrow, swirls, several sizes of beads, weighty
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Favorited by: 77 people