Moccasins

Native American (probably Huron)
late 18th century to early 19th century


Place of Manufacture: United States or Canada, Eastern Great Lakes; Place of Use: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Each: 6.5 x 9.3 x 23.2 cm (2 9/16 x 3 11/16 x 9 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.1006-1007

Medium or Technique

Leather (probably moose or deer skin), woven dyed porcupine quills, bast fiber thread, plain weave silk ribbon, dyed hair tufts (probably moose), tinned sheet iron cones, napped plain weave wool backing

On View

Bernard and Barbara Stern Shapiro Gallery (Gallery 231)

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Dark brown buckskin moccasins with plated and woven quillwork in bands of red, white, and black, tufts of red fringe held in metal cones, black ribbon binding around opening with white embroidered curvilinear motifs, black felt backing.

Provenance

1828, probably purchased by Ciara Robbins (b. 1794 - d. 1881), Lexington, MA; by descent to her great-niece, Ellen A. Stone, Lexington; 1898, gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 1, 1898)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone