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Catalog Number 1998.04.126
Object Name Headstall
Dimensions W-14.5 L-17.25 inches
Date c. 1890
Notes Beaded cloth headstall. The headstall is composed primarily of seven strips of fabric. The two strips of fabric at the bottom are placed around the nose. The top strip is red wool, which has been backed with blue fabric. There is beading on the red wool fabric. The beaded design is floral and done with blue, pink, white, and green beads. Attached to the edge of the strip are small white beads. The strip of fabric behind the bead red wool fabric is a combination of red and blue wool and blue plaid fabric. There is beading around the edge of the center section. These two strips are both stitched to a strip of fabric on each end. The fabric strips on the side of the headstall are also composed of red wool fabric on the front and the back is lined with a green-brown colored fabric. There is beading on both side strips. Again the pattern is a floral design done with small pink, blue, green, and white beads. Attached to the end of each side strip are three tassels. The tassels are attached to leather cords. On each thong are beads, two blue and one white. The tassel at the end is red and white (the white is now dirty and discolored). Attached to the side strip on the left is a thin piece of wool fabric. The back of the strip is green with a red border on the front and top. The inside of the strip is light brown with a red border around the edge. The entire strap is surrounded by white beads (many of which have fallen off). On the back of the strap there is a strip of white beads in the middle, many of these beads are also missing. At the end of the strip are two short leather cords. At the top of the headstall are two more fabric strips. These two strips fit around the ears of the horse. The front strap is composed of red wool and has been backed with a light brown cotton material. On the front there is a small black border, which has been lined with white beads. Beaded onto the red fabric is a large floral design. The design is created with small pink, blue, red, and yellow beads. Attached to the bottom edge of the are thirteen tassels. The tassels are created using a leather cord, which has then been beaded with three dark blue beads. The tassel is then attached at the end and sometimes a bell is also attached. The tassels are red, green, and white (the white fabric is now very dirty and discolored). At each end of the front strip is a piece of elastic, which has been died green and orange. The strips are being held on by a large brass brad in the center. The fabric strip in the back (behind the front fabric strip, which fits around the ears of the horse) is composed of the same material, however, it has been pieced together in several places. There are some white beads around the edge, however, many are now missing. The back piece is attached to the front by two pieces of leather cords at the end.
Search Terms Beadwork
Native American
American Indian