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Catalog Number 11310-25-(1-2)
Title Mittens, Pair; Leather; Red Wool; Beaded; Floral
Object Name Mitten
Description One pair of leather mittens with red wool and beadwork trim. The mittens are made of pale colored leather. The wrists are wrapped with red wool flannel fabric. The red weft fibers are missing in places, exposing white warp fibers. The top of the red wool is bound with blue silk ribbon. The bottom edge is trimmed with white muslin fabric. The insides of the mittens are lined with white flannel wool. Glass beadwork decorates the front and back of the red flannel. The beaded design is abstract and floral, featuring heard shaped flowers, round buds and wavy stems. The beads used in the design are light blue, dark blue, orange, white pink and black. The beads are attached to the leather with white thread.
Date 1886
Year Range from 1886
Year Range to 1886
Culture Sioux, Santee?, East/North American Indian
Material leather, wool, cotton, glass beads, silk ribbon, felt
Length (in) 9.5
Width (in) 5.875
People Keeling, William Henry
Other Name Mitten, Men's
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.

According to Arbor Lodge records, these mittens were made in 1886 for Keeling.
Credit line William Henry Keeling, Falls City (Richardson), Nebraska
Collection Keeling, William Henry