Beadwork bag

Description
A knitted beadwork drawstring-closure bag with an upper design of a continuous floral motif between saw tooth borders. A lower design of cabins and trees. It was owned and probably made by Agnes McGuire (1764-1850). Knitted and/or beaded bags and purses were fashionable in the 1800s. The bags were made on knitting pins of very fine wire using colored and opalescent glass beads strung on a skein of netting silk in the order indicated by the printed pattern (knitting one, knitting one with a bead, repeat). The beads had to be strung on the thread in exact order or the picture would not turn out correctly when knitted. Agnes McGuire was born in Ireland in 1764. She married Robert Robinson (1763-1815) March 1787. They were prominent early settlers of Kittanning, PA, where they raised three children - Robert, Sarah, and Nancy. Agnes died August 25, 1850 in Kittanning, PA.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
beadwork
Object Type
beadwork
maker
McGuire, Agnes
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
beads (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in; 16.51 cm x 13.335 cm
made at
United States
ID Number
TE*T9307
catalog number
T09307.000
accession number
170960
subject
Textiles
Victorian Needlework
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Victorian Needlework
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Helen P. Bray

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