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Catalog Number 11310-12-(1-2)
Title Moccasins, Pair
Object Name Moccasin
Description Adult moccasins made of leather with a separate hard sole and decorated with glass beads. The leather is cut in a straight inside line to toe with a split back and slanted cuff. A separate elongated trapezoidal shaped tongue is attached with sinew. The moccasins are decorated with round glass beads in colors of dark blue, yellow, translucent red, and white. A hanging cross design is placed on the instep. A single bead row of dark blue and translucent right triangles on a white background is placed on the back seam. The beads are attached with sinew in a lazy stitch. Traces of yellow paint/dye is seen on the undecorated parts of leather. Two short thong trailers are attached at the base of the ankle, one thong missing from 11310-12-(2). The phrase "Keeling 18" is written in ink on the sole of both moccasins.
Date 1880-1890
Year Range from 1880
Year Range to 1890
Culture North American Indian
Material leather; glass beads; sinew
Height (in) 4.5
Length (in) 10.75
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.
Credit line William Henry Keeling, Falls City (Richardson), Nebraska
Collection Keeling, William Henry