Vintage native pine needle purse. Circa 1940. This vintage purse was most likely made by a member of one of the Southeastern tribes — such as the Choctaw or Seminole — since pine needles in the southeastern U.S.A. average eight to ten inches in length. The detailed craftsmanship in this piece is exceptional! The coils of pine needles are held together by intricate stitching in sweetgrass, in a combination of “v” and “fern” stitches. This is a beautiful piece of vintage native craftsmanship and would be an unusual addition to either a collection of First Nation’s work or to a purse collection.
The purse is 10 inches (25.5 cm) by 6¼ inches (16 cm) and stands 6 inches (15.5 cm) high.
The grass-covered, hinged, metal latch moves smoothly and holds securely. Although it is somewhat age-darkened, the interior lining is also intact.
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