Iroquois Whimseys

These fanciful beaded things were made from approximately 1890-1930, with a few families making them until the present date. The Iroquois lived in the Niagara Falls region, and the whimseys were often brought home as honeymoon souvenirs. Common shapes are match and whiskbroom holders, picture frames, pincushions, and hanging hearts. They are often decorated with dates, aphorisms, flowers, or all of the above. (All measurements do not include handles or fringe.)

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Whimsey bird with unusual multicolored berries in its mouth and perch, c. 1900-1910. Ex-Wegman collection. Very graceful arched beadwork on the wings. Very good condition. 7" long. $295 (BD TW/87) Inquire/Order Iroquois whimsey match holder, "BOX MATCH 1905". Excellent condition. 8" x 5 1/2". $295 (BD 2532) Inquire/Order Tri-lobe heart-shaped pincushion with an outlined cat, c. 1920. The only whimsey we have seen with the silk corduroy background, and a very interesting twisted edging along the edge. Ex-Wegman collection. Very good condition. 7 1/2" x 8". $595 (BD TW/48) Inquire/Order

Whimsey bird with one of the most outrageous berry and perch systems we have ever seen, "1909". Just an amazing bird. Ex-Wegman collection. Excellent condition. 7 1/4" long. $595 (BD TW/91) Inquire/Order Iroquois (Kahnawakee Mohawk) whimsey horseshoe/broomholder, "DONT FORGET ME 1899." One of very few we have seen of this form, with a interesting variation on the more common "forget me not" that we have not seen before. Very good condition. 8" x 9" without hanger or dangles. SOLD (BD 2528) Inquire/Order Oversize whimsey canoe with a flag, "Fast Boat 1906". Ex-Wegman collection. 8" long. Very good condition. $495 (BD TW/47) Inquire/Order

Iroquois whimsey star with a proud bird, c. 1920. Excellent condition. 8 1/2" x 7 1/2". $295 (BD 2524) Inquire/Order Iroquois whimsey horseshoe, "REMEMBER ME", c. 1900s. An usual variation on the normal "GOOD LUCK" horseshoe. Very good condition. 5" x 6". $195 (BD 2521) Inquire/Order Wonderful whimsey broom holder with a long-necked goose, "1914". Ex-Wegman collection. Excellent condition. 8" x 8". SOLD (BD TW/59) Inquire/Order

Iroquois whimsey in a very rare wide-topped whiskbroom holder form, c. 1900. The only one like it we have ever seen. Very good condition. 8" x 7 1/4". $395 (BD 2381) Inquire/Order Iroquois whimsey matchholder with great tube beaded designs, "1903. Excellent condition. 7" x 8 1/2". SOLD (BD 2359) Inquire/Order Iroquois whimsey horseshoe, "Think of Me", c. 1905. Excellent condition. 5" X 5 1/2". $195 (BD 2501) Inquire/Order



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