- Museum number
Pair of wrap-around moccasins, the body and vamp constructed from well prepared barked sealskin, the ankle wrap around of black wool cloth [serge?], edged in red tape, with ties of smoked caribou [?] skin The vamp is decorated around the eliptical edge with five rows of embroidery, green, blue, pink, pale green and mauve on the inside. The sewing is in sinew and cotton. On the soles of the moccasins are two paper labels: a red one with a dollar price, and a large white printed label 'Stall No 6 Canada', probably with a shilling price.
Height: 18 centimetres
Width: 10 centimetres
Depth: 23 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Although said in Register to be Plains, these moccasins with pleated toes are likely to be from the Ungava peninsula, specifically either from coastal Labrador, or the north shore of the St Lawrence. Donald Smith worked there in the third quarter of the 19th century, so that one possible source would relate to his time as a Hudson's Bay Company factor. However the labels on the soles suggest another possibility: that the moccasins were utilised in a fund-raising bazaar or exhibition, in Canada, and then resold in the UK - one label is in dollars, the other possibly in shillings. From this it would be reasonable to guess that Smith purchased the collection from one of these shows, in Montreal or London, towards the end of his life, perhaps even when he was High Commissioner c.1914. (Note and additional description etc. by JCK 1.2.1996). /// See Darrell Racine "The Lord Strathcona Collection ..." (unpublished thesis, 1996) deposited in Departmental Library.
Plains Indians clothing, North America.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number