Civil War lady with Iroquois beaded bag, 1860s

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Ambrotype of Woman with Iroquois beaded bag, 1860s

In this circa 1860 ambrotype, the young woman is holding a diminutive purse. This style of purse may have originated with the Mohawk as there is an image of a similar purse in the research files of the Iroquois Museum, in Howes Cave, New York with a note that it was acquired at Caughnawaga, circa 1860.

Via: Iroquois Beadwork

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