Native American Artifacts

Treating artifacts like these takes patience and skill, particularly with the delicate, small glass beads. We have treated artifacts composed of antler, bone, grass, wood, feathers, sinew, clay, leather, corn husk, porcupine quill, and horn, to name a few.
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"Da-Ah-De-A: A Seneca in  the Costume of the Iroquois." In addition to  his lavishly beaded outfit, he sports a studded circular gorget, probably of silver (Mor- gan 1904,1: frontispiece) [Trade Ornament usage among the native peoples of Canada 1992 page 134 Karlis Karklins]

"Da-Ah-De-A: A Seneca in the Costume of the Iroquois." In addition to his lavishly beaded outfit, he sports a studded circular gorget, probably of silver (Mor- gan 1904,1: frontispiece) [Trade Ornament usage among the native peoples of Canada 1992 page 134 Karlis Karklins]

Peaked Cap, ca. 1870, made of woolen cloth, silk ribbon and glass beads. Conserved by textile conservator, Gwen Spicer of Spicer Art Conservation. Thaw Collection.

Peaked Cap, ca. made of woolen cloth, silk ribbon and glass beads. Conserved by textile conservator, Gwen Spicer of Spicer Art Conservation.

Ga-ha-no (aka Caroline G. Parker-Mt. Pleasant) the daughter of William and Elizabeth Parker, and the wife of the Tuscarora man known as John Mt. Pleasant - Iroquois (Seneca) - 1860  {Note: Caroline G. Parker-Mt. Pleasant was the sister of Donehogawa (aka Ely Samuel Parker).}

Ga-ha-no (aka Caroline G. Pleasant) the daughter of William and Elizabeth Parker, and the wife of the Tuscarora man known as John Mt.

Inside the Conservator's Studio: Beadwork. Courtesy of the Lewis Henry Morgan Collection.

Inside the Conservator's Studio: Beadwork. Courtesy of the Lewis Henry Morgan Collection.

Inside the Conservator's Studio: Beadwork. Courtesy of Lewis Henry Morgan Collection.

The conservation of textiles belonging to Caroline Parker, the Seneca woman known for her clothing.

Moccasins made of buckskin, cotton cloth and glass beads ca. 1850.  Conserved at the studio of Spicer Art Conservation. Collection of RMSC

Moccasins made of buckskin, cotton cloth and glass beads ca. Conserved at the studio of Spicer Art Conservation. Collection of RMSC

Moccasins made of leather featuring glass beadwork.  The  moccasins were cleaned, conserved and stabilized at Spicer Art Conservation, specialists in the restoration and conservation of textiles, objects and paper artifacts. Collection of RMSC.

Moccasins made of leather featuring glass beadwork. The moccasins were cleaned, conserved and stabilized at Spicer Art Conservation, specialists in the restoration and conservation of textiles, objects and paper artifacts. Collection of RMSC.

Detail of the shoulder of the hooded capote, complete with tinkle cones with moose hair. The tinkle cones were quite vulnerable to loss.  Courtesy of Maine State Museum.

Detail of the shoulder of the hooded capote, complete with tinkle cones with moose hair. The tinkle cones were quite vulnerable to loss. Courtesy of Maine State Museum.

This beautiful hooded capote comes from the collection of Maine State Museum. The shoulder detail includes tinkle cones with moose hair. (Detail of the shoulder is also on this page). The capote and its accessories were treated by textile conservator, Gwen Spicer, of Spicer Art Conservation.

Art Conservation of Objects, Paper, Textiles & Upholstery

Detail of Caroline Parker's beaded wool skirt. ca. 1850. Conserved at Spicer Art Conservation. Collection of NYS Museum.

Detail of Caroline Parker's beaded wool skirt. Conserved at Spicer Art Conservation. Collection of NYS Museum.

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