Silver Plated Indian Beaded Coin Purse by “Bostonia Company,” circa 1903


American, 1903 c.

1 3/4"
2 1/2"
2 1/2"
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Rare and difficult to find Native American beaded coin purse, with an image of an Indian chief in full regalia, with a headdress and frontal Indian decoration.
Manufactured by “Bostonia” (embossed on underside of the lid), and dated “Dec. 15, ’03. We can presume the company was in Boston and therefore American made. The Indians were commissioned to do the bead work and forwarded their handicraft to “Bostonia” to complete the silver plated embossed Indian design.

These purses are very unique. The bead work is similar to that of the tribes in the Great Lakes region in America at the turn of the 19th century.

Purse measures 2 1/2″ in diameter x 1 3/4″ deep.

Provenance: George Cross collection. (George Cross died in 2007 and was known for his discerning quest for quality and rarity).