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Artifacts - Personal Items/Clothing

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Arosen's Gifts
circa 1700 - 1750
These four objects (tobacco bag, red slate gorget, bullet or shot pouch, and sash) were given to Stephen Williams in the mid-18th century by Arosen, Eunice Kanenstenhawi Williams's husband.
Beaver Pelt
Modern reproduction
This modern beaver pelt is stretched on a circular wooden frame using methods traditional to Native Americans of New England.
Button
circa 1690
This passementerie button features a decorative design in silk thread over a wooden base.
Capot
Modern Reproduction
This reproduction capot, a hooded coat, is representative of those worn circa 1690-1720 in French Canada.
Ceramic pipe
1000 BCE - 300 BCE
Ceramic pipes were made and used by Native Americans in the Northeast beginning about 3000 years ago.
Deerskin Moccasins
mid-17th century
This rare pair of 17th-century moccasins is decorated with silk ribbon, glass beads, and porcupine quills.
English Shoe
circa 1690
This rare example of everyday footwear of the late 17th century survived from a sunken ship.
Glass Beads
1660 - 1677
Glass beads were important items for trade between Native Americans and Europeans throughout the early colonial period in New England.
Gorget
3000 B.C.E - 0 B.C.E.
Native American gorgets like this one may have served decorative as well as utilitarian functions.
John Sheldon's Snowshoes
circa 1700
John Sheldon may have worn these snowshoes when he journeyed to New France to negotiate the release of his children and other captives taken in the 1704 raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Moccasins
Modern Reproduction
Winter moccasins were much more practical than English shoes for the long march to New France.
Pipe
circa 1690
This wooden pipe is one of a group of pipes recovered from a late 17th-century shipwreck.
Pocket
1760 - 1780
Women's pockets in the 18th century were detachable pouches that were tied by a cord around the waist.
Prisoner Halter
circa 1746
This Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) prisoner halter was found after the 1746 Bars Fight in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Red Slate Gorget
3000 B.C.E - 0 B.C.E.
This red slate gorget was reportedly given to Stephen Williams by his sister Eunice and her Kanienkehaka husband Arosen.
Sarah Coleman's Shoe
circa 1678
It is believed that this shoe was worn by four-year-old Sarah Coleman when she returned from captivity in New France after a 1677 attack on her town of Hatfield, Massachusetts.
Sash
1700 - 1750
This finger-woven sash was both decorative and functional.
Shell Gorget
circa 1750
Gorgets like this shell example with etched designs were worn as items of personal adornment by Native Americans.
Tobacco Bag
circa 1725
Decorated bags or pouches like this one were commonly carried by Native American men for tobacco.
Wendat Snowshoes
circa 1900
The long tails on these snowshoes acted as rudders for long distance trips like the march to New France. A person familiar with snowshoes could walk in them as rapidly upon the snow as without them on the ground.
Woman's Cloak
Modern Reproduction
Hooded cloaks like this one were intended to provide warmth and weather protection over full gowns.

 

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