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  NATIVE AMERICAN BEADED WATCH FOB WITH A FEDERAL SHIELD AND CROSSED AMERICAN FLAGS, 1890-1910
Dimensions (inches): Frame - 10.75" X 5.5", Fob - 6.75" x 1.5"
Description:
Native American beaded pocket watch fob with a Navy blue ground, on which appears a federal shield in red, white and blue, trimmed with silver, resting in the vortex created by crossed American flags. Beneath the initials of the person it was made for, "I.K.," and there is a copper and light blue border at the top and bottom.

The star count on the shield and flags, 19 and 12 respectively, are merely decorative. The flags' 9 stripes are also decorative. The shield has 13 pales (vertical stripes), which happens to be the correct count, though their colors are reversed in this case from the norm.

Watch fobs like this were Indian-made for the tourist trade and patriotic styles were produced for an audience of Civil War veterans.

Watch fobs were worn on a pocket watch like a modern key fob might be attached to keys, except in this case became a fanciful clothing accessory that would be draped outside the pocket of a coat or vest.

Mounting: The gilded American molding dates between 1840 and 1860. The beadwork has been hand-stitched to 100% hemp fabric. The glazing is U.V. protective glass.

Condition: Half of the flexible tongue is absent on the tiny brass clasp.
   
Primary Color: blue
Earliest Date: 1890
Latest Date: 1920
For Sale Status: Available
Price $1,250
E-mail: info@jeffbridgman.com
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