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Catalog Number 9045-13
Title Vest, Child's; Beaded, Geometric
Object Name Vest
Description Older child/ young adult vest made of leather and fully covered with glass beads. Vest is an unusual cropped length. There are no stitch holes at the bottom of the leather to prove this vest originally had an attached piece of leather or fabric to make it longer. Unlined. Beads are attached using sinew and lazy stitch. Beaded design is geometric and includes triangle and rabbit ear shapes. The front of the vest features a central stepped triangle shape flanked by 2 pairs of rabbit ear motifs arranged tip to tip. The reverse side of the vest features 2 pairs of rabbit ear shapes placed tip to tip. The edges of the neck armholes are trimmed with white heart red and green beads. The other beads used in the design are dark blue, light blue, white heart red, yellow and silver metal. The beaded shapes are made with color beads against a white background. The vest closes on the back with thin leather ties.
Date 1895
Culture North American Indian/Omaha
Material leather, glass beads, sinew, metal
Used USA: Nebraska (Thurston), Omaha Reservation
Length (in) 9
Width (in) 17.5
People Pilcher, W.H.H.
Other Name Vest, Children's
History Donated by W.H.H. Pilcher, who was born on the Omaha Reservation in 1882. His parents were Harriet Lang Arlington and John Pilcher. Harriet was the daughter of early settlers in the Oakland and Decatur areas. John's parents were Joshua Pilcher, a fur trader who operated a post among the Omaha and an Omaha woman (name unknown). John's mother died when he was an infant and he was brought up by Big Elk. He spent his adult life as an interpreter and chief of the Omaha police.
Credit line W.H.H. Pilcher, Whittier, California, in memory of his parents, John and Harriett Pilcher
Collection Pilcher, W.H.H.