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Maine State Museum, Artifact
Hexagonal-shaped purse of birchbark embroidered with dyed moosehair in floral designs. The moosehair is dyed green, pink, purple, blue and red, along with shades of white and black, and it is worked in straight stitches and French knots. The purse has a flat bottom and the front and back panels are connected by side panels which fold inwards and reach to the points of the sides. The top half of the side panels are filled with a figured weave shot (blue/rust) silk, which is gathered on a blue silk cord drawstring 1 1/4 inches from the top edge. The opening is covered with a flap which is continuous with the back panel; it folds over to the front, and has a tab extension which fits under a loop of birchbark in the front, which secures the flap. The embroidered floral designs are typical of the early 19th century and include rose buds and a morning glory. The blue cords continue in long loops from the silk side panels to form the carrying straps. The purse is not lined.
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