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

Iroquois whimsey box with birds and flags, c. 1925. Very good condition. 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 4 1/2". $325 (BD 2542) Inquire/Order Iroquois whimsey whisk broom holder with flags, "1930". Excellent condition. 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". SOLD (BD 2576) Inquire/Order Oversize whimsey canoe with a flag, "Fast Boat 1906". Ex-Wegman collection. 8" long. Very good condition. SOLD (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 box, c. 1940s. Near-perfect condition. 6" x 6" x 4 1/2". $495 (BD TW/106) Inquire/Order Iroquois whimsey pillow with a frightened bird, c. 1905. 8" x 7". $195 (BD GJ/7) Inquire/Order

Iroquois whimsey broomholder in the shape of a snowshoe, "1899". Excellent condition, and an unusual use of rickrack decoration around the edge. 10 1/2" x 4 1/2". $195 (BD 2553) Inquire/Order Iroquois whimsey pillow with flags, "Toronto Exhibition 1919". The only Toronto whimsey we have ever seen with American flags. Very good condition. 9" x 9". SOLD (BD CK/2) 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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