Seminole Beaded Cloth Shoulder Bag once owned by Osceola.
The bag is constructed from a plain weave wool red wool cloth that is backed with printed cotton fabric. The front of the bag has a triangular closing flap. The front of the bag and the strap are decorated with geometric beaded decorations sewn on in a two thread method. There are wool tassels (approx 4cm long, 2 cm wide) along the bottom of the bag, at the bottom of the triangular flap and at the bottom of the two triangular flaps that form the bottom of either side of the strap.
There is a paper document sewed onto the back of the bag. The document is typed with the following text.
"These trophies were originally the property of Osceola the celebrated chief of the Seminole Indians. At the close of the Florida wars they were presented by Gen. Taylor, commanding U. S. forces, to Curtis S. Smith, and by him in 1839, to the late W.S. Haven of Fittsburg, by whom they were left to his son, Curtis Smith Haven. Mr. Thomas F. Roberts acquired them in 1869 from the last person named.
Curtis S. Smith was a half brother of W. S. Haven and served with distinction during the Florida wars. Mr. Haven's collection of authenticated relics was at one time said to be the most valuable in Western Pennsylvania.
Extract, Vol. IV, pages 599, Appleton's Cyclopedia Am.Biography:-On Oct, 21st, 1837, Osceola, while holding a conference under a flag of truce with Gen. Thomas S. Jesup, near St. Augustine, was seized and confined at Fort Moultrie" (Where he died Jan. 30th, 1838, probably from the effects of an old wound, damp cell &c.-T.F.R.) "He was a brave and generous foe and always protected women and children. Jesup asserted that his act was necessary, as Osceola had repeatedly shown that he would not respect a threat." But was this an excuse for this disgraceful violation of a flag of truce? -T. F. R"
Then in pen and ink the letter is signed:
" Loaned by
Miss Eleanor C. Roberts
|Dimensions||W-12.75 L-27.14 inches|