Monday, 10 June 2013

Beaded Waistcoat at the American Museum

Another of the fantastic exhibits at the American Museum.  The label stated that this was made in the late 19th century in the Great Lakes area; the beads are European, probably imported from Venice, and the pattern is derived from the stylised embroidery designs taught by French Canadian nuns to local girls.

The beads are tiny and sewn on closely together to form a solid block of colour.

I got as close as I could to the glass case so I could see all the wonderful detail.

I also wondered who would have worn such an item.

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  1. This waistcoat is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Just think of the hours it would have taken to complete such a beautiful work of art. As to who would have worn it, I'm picturing a young bride making it as a wedding gift for her intended. (I know, I'm a hopeful romantic.) Have a wonderful day!

  2. Hello Laura Jean,

    What a lovely romantic image! All I could think of was gamblers and spivs. I must try to be less cynical.


  3. I imagine it would have been the sort of garment worn by P T Barnum or "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" - a protospiv? A beautiful example of work nevertheless. I shouldn't think it had been worn much at all or it wouldn't have survived so well.




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