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Accession number 1995.41
Catalog Number 1995.41.1
Object Name Coat
Description Seminole buckskin coat with beaded and silk ribbon appliqué decoration measuring 35" x 31" (89cm x 78.7cm). The coat is long extending approximately to mid-thigh with long sleeves. There is a front opening that is closed with six hook and eye attachments. The bottom of the coat is decorated with a lower edge of cut leather fringe below a 3.4cm wide band of blue silk ribbon appliqué. Above the silk ribbon are beaded diamond decorations, four on the front and four on the back. The diamonds are beaded in white, blue, pink, and green glass beads. There are two pockets at waist level in the front of the coat. They have horizontal openings (11.5cm wide), are 23cm deep, and are lined with cotton fabric with red vertical stripes and maroon branches pattern. The cuffs of the coat are bound with red silk ribbon, above which is a diagonal, meandering bead pattern in turquoise colored glass beads and a leather strip appliqué with a wave cut edge. The body of the coat is fully lined with a cotton fabric that has a complicated vertical pattern of maroon, brown, black and blue geometric and floral designs. The sleeves are not lined with the cotton fabric. The semi-circle, large collar hangs down the back 9.5" (24cm). The edge of the collar is decorated with two rows of cut leather fridge, a 1.6cm blue/green silk ribbon appliqué row, and a zig-zag pattern of red, white and blue glass beads. The leather coat is constructed from seven pieces of leather: one for each arm and the collar and four long vertical sections for the body of the coat so that there are seams running down under each arm and down the center of the back.
Date c. 1850
Dimensions W-31 L-35 inches
Collection Textile & Leather Objects
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