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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.
Content Category: artifacts
44 1/4 inches length
38 inches width (sleeve to sleeve)
hide (collagenous material)
quill (spine material)
Made by (possibly): Ojibwe Indians
Made by (possibly): Metis
Made by (possibly): Cree Indians
Owned/used by: Ramsey, Alexander
Indian. Clothing. Outerwear. Coats & Vests
Creation: Not earlier than 1840 - Not later than 1860
Minnesota Historical Society Collections
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8303.2 (Accession Number)