1951.2.19

Heavy coat of moose-skin, with sleeves, decorated with woven and appliqué work and painted designs in several colours, some showing influence of Plains. [Laura Peers 28/3/2001]

Place details: N AMERICA. Canada. Manitoba Red River Colony. Cultural Group: NE Subarctic ?Plains ?Métis Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Moose Hide Skin Animal / Pigment / Quill / Animal Claw / ?. Processes: Quillwork / Woven / Painted / Appliqué / ?. Dimensions: Max L = 1165 mm (back from top of collar to bottom edge) When Collected: By 1925 Acquired: Donated 1951 Other Numbers: WHMM no 41756

KEYWORD: Coat / CLASS: Clothing / ?.

Object description: Moose or bison hide coat, painted and quilled. Paint in sunburst, double curves or rams horns emerging from top points of tall triangles. Spectacular woven quillwork epaulets lie over the shoulder and back seam. Five rosettes are arranged on the back. Each rosette has a quill-wrapped dangle with very small hooves/ dew claws instead of the usual metal cones, and dyed bundles of what looks like moose hair as tassels inserted into the 'hooves'. Bands of quillwork running down inside of sleeves. There is some flaking or loss of paintwork, but the quillwork is pristine. Construction appears to be with heavy commercial linen thread. Remnants of thread and holes around hem and front indicate this coat may have had a fur trim at one time. There is a tiny fragment of hide and fur partway down one front edge of the coat. There are also indentations at the end of each sleeve showing thread marks, suggesting that the sleeves had cuffs. [Laura Peers 28/3/2001, 20/8/2003].