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Catalog Number 11310-15
Title Blanket, Saddle; Beaded Army Blanket; US Flags
Object Name Blanket, Saddle
Description Saddle blanket made of a green wool US army blanket. Underside of blanket is covered with cream colored muslin cotton fabric. The blanket is rectangular shaped, with curved indentions on each side. All of the edges are bound with greenish yellow grosgrain ribbon. This ribbon is attached to the top of the blanket, creating an interior border and bisecting the center of the blanket as well. Each of the four corners of the blanket are decorated with floral applique beadwork. The beads used are light blue, dark blue, orange, red, pink and yellow and white. Each motif is outlined with white beads. In addition to the flowers, there are 4 United States flags incorporated into the design. Small florets made of ruffled ribbon with white button centers decorate each corner of the blanket.
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1900
Culture North American Indian/Sioux?
Material wool, ribbon, glass beads, buttons
Makers mark KEELING 24 or 26 IN INK ON UNDERSIDE
Length (in) 38.5
Width (in) 26
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.
Credit line William Henry Keeling, Falls City (Richardson), Nebraska
Collection Keeling, William Henry