Included in this lot are two circa 1890 Iroquois "Whimsies" Victorian trade beaded pillow pincushions of a nice medium to large size. A traditional floral pattern makes up the face of these pillows, profusely decorated using trade seed beads in hexagonal shapes and patterns with colorations of corn yellow, light blue, periwinkle, translucent green, translucent red, and clear. Once discarded as collectible, Iroquois Whimsies are tourist trade items created in the late 18th century by the Mohawks near Montreal and the Tuscarora of Niagara Falls. Items include pincushions, purses, picture frames, needle cases and other ornate wall hangings exhibiting the raised beading technique.
Victorian women loved to use them as decoration.
These are nice pieces of Iroquois history and a great example of Indian bead work.
Some beads are missing and there is staining on both pieces, but overall good condition, measure 11"L x 11"W x 2.5"D each approximately