Quilled coat

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Titles Quilled coat
Description This leather coat was modeled after a European cloth frock coat with a high neck, pleated back and a plain sack front. Shoulders and back have geometric quill work bands. Two quill work medallions on the back shoulders have four rawhide fringes trimmed with quill work attached at the medallion center. A short rawhide fringe with glass beads trims the bottom of the coat and sleeves from elbow to cuff as well as the shoulder seams and around the collar and back. Coat has a single interior pocket of red and white cotton. Such coats were popular with the Metis of the Red River Valley. This particular coat belonged to Alexander Ramsey, and may have been brought back by him from an 1851 treaty signing. This jacket is possibly Cree, Metis, or Ojibwe in origin.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 44 1/4 inches length
38 inches width (sleeve to sleeve)
Nomenclature coat (garment)
Materials hide (collagenous material)
brass (alloy)
quill (spine material)
cotton (textile)
glass (material)
Creation Made by (possibly): Ojibwe Indians
Made by (possibly): Metis
Made by (possibly): Cree Indians
Subjects Owned/used by: Ramsey, Alexander
Fur Trade
Ojibwe Indians
Indian. Clothing. Outerwear. Coats & Vests
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1840 - Not later than 1860
Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 8303.2 (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • Wendy Cunningham on June 2, 2021 03:24:52 PM
    What manner and material were used to assemble this coat?

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