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Catalog Number 11310-16-(1-3)
Title Cradle W/ Doll, Doll Blanket; Cradle Marked 97-4
Object Name Cradle, Doll
Description An inverted U-shaped wood board covered with cotton cloth. The top is a piece of beaded leather with floral design units. A piece of red wool is used as trim with a row of yellow glass beads. Cotton cloth is attached to the board and shaped to form a shallow bag. Fully beaded straps of geometric designs are placed across the bag. A U-shaped design unit is placed at the base of the cradleboard. Leather fringe is attached at the base and top of the cradleboard. The bag holds a small doll made of cotton cloth tied with a piece of green velvet. A V-shaped piece of green velvet is used as a blanket. The cradleboard is marked on the back in ink with "97-4". Bead colors include light blue, dark blue, light green, rose, translucent yellow, red white heart, and white.
Culture North American Indian/Sioux
Material cotton cloth; glass beads; velvet; buckskin; thread; leather; wool; wood
Height (in) 1.75
Length (in) 15.75
Width (in) 3.625
People Keeling, William Henry
History Collected by Major William Henry Keeling. In 1855 Keeling surveyed the line between Kansas and Nebraska. He went to Texas in 1859. He also served with the U.S. Army during the Civil War. From 1862-1865 he served with the battalion that was General Sherman's bodyguard. In the late 1860s, he was stationed at western army posts, including Camp Cooke and Fort Leavenworth. During the 1880s he was the post trader at Fort Leavenworth.

In the old catalog records from Arbor Lodge, this cradle is identifed as Sioux.
Credit line William Henry Keeling, Falls City (Richardson), Nebraska
Collection Keeling, William Henry