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Plains Knife Sheath

Monday, April 27th, 2015

A Plains leather knife sheath circa the late 19th century or early 20th century. The sheath has beadwork decoration on one side and a loom-woven beadwork strap. The sheath beadwork is stitched in a geometric pattern and has blue, yellow and green glass seed beads, sewn with what is probably sinew.

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Arts and Crafts Tile

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A ceramic tile in the Arts and Crafts style, hand built by Gladys Pattee of Minneapolis, MN in the early 1900s.

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Beaded Jacket

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

A buckskin scout coat with beadwork and fur trim, possibly made by the Cree or Ojibwe. It was made the early 1900s.

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Library Table

Monday, April 6th, 2015

A large rectangular library table of circassian walnut in an early 20th century interpretation of Renaissance Revival. Top has inlaid marquetry with carved C and S-scrolls. Designed and made by William Yungbauer of St. Paul in early 1904 for Louis W. Hill, St. Paul, MN.

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Beaded Wall Hanging

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

An Ojibwe loom-beaded wall hanging featuring floral design. This item was purchased in the area of Leech Lake, Minnesota, from members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa who would travel south to gather wild rice. Made in the early 1900s.

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Dakota Moccasins

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

A pair of beaded Dakota moccasins with split tongues ending in tinkle cones. Made sometime between 1870 and 1920.

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Paper Fan

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A Japanese paper fan with carved wooden sticks, circa 1900.

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Bandolier Bag

Monday, November 10th, 2014

A White Earth Ojiwbe bandolier bag made in the early 1900s and owned by Darwin S. Hall who was chairman of the Chippewa Indian Commission.

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Grange Voting Box

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Today is voting day for the 2014 midterm elections and in that spirit, we present this wooden voting box used by the Minnesota State Grange, the first state grange to be established in the United States in 1869. It has a hinged “secret” compartment and contains 42 marbles and 12 black plastic cubes.

The Grange is a secret and ritualistic fraternal society of farmers and others interested in agriculture.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this ballot box in our collections database.

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Rocking Chair

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

A bentwood willow rocking chair painted dark green with an open style flared back and a rolled log seat. Used on the donor’s porch in the early 1900s.

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