leatherworking design stamp


The leatherworking design stamps were another tool donated by the paniolo cowboy Masa Kawamoto. The stamps were a metal tool used by Masa to create decorative designs and impressions into the leather saddles. The decorative impressions on the leather saddles may have served a dual purpose of decoration and increasing traction, which helped the rider stay in place. Earlier forms of the stamps were traditionally handmade out of wood, horn, or bone.

Date Made: ca.1940

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Hawaii, HawaiiAssociated Place: Philippines

Associated Subject: Cowboy


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2012.0205.08Accession Number: 2012.0205Catalog Number: 2012.0205.08

Object Name: stamp

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 7/8 in x 1 1/8 in x 1/2 in; 9.8298 cm x 2.8448 cm x 1.27 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-a42c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1427193

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