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Iroquois Whimseys

These fanciful beaded things were made from approximately 1890-1930, with a few families making them until the present date. The Iroquois lived in the Niagara Falls region, and the whimseys were often brought home as honeymoon souvenirs. Common shapes are match and whiskbroom holders, picture frames, pincushions, and hanging hearts. They are often decorated with dates, aphorisms, flowers, or all of the above. (All measurements do not include handles or fringe.)

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Iroquois whimsey slipper wall pocket c. 1900. A simple yet...
Iroquois whimsey small frame "1926". Very creative use of white...
A lovely floral beaded slipper wall pocket featuring early tiny...
Iroquois whimsy "Tie Rack 1938." The only one of this form we have...
Iroquois whimsey 3-lobed heart "My Love" c. 1940s. Another cute...
Iroquois whimsey side-flying bird, C. 1900-1910. An extremely...
Pretty whisk broom holder with "Dear Papa" C. 1935. 6" wide and...
Iroquois whimsy peach-colored book with darling beaded bird, C....
Iroquois whimsey whisk broom holder "1950". A late date and an...
Iroquois whimsey match holder "1925". American flags and an...
Iroquois whimsey match holder dated "1934". A rare whimsey with a...
Iroquois whimsey small flat beaded purse. "1938". Another sweet...
Elaborate and fancy Iroquois beaded bird dated 1915 with perch and...
Iroquois picture frame "Remember Me" "1943". One can imagine a WW...
Pretty red whisk broom holder Iroquois Whimsey 1937 "I love You"...
Very pretty Iroquois Whimsey bird with pink berries on the perch...
Iroquois whimsey "Mother" slipper wall pocket C. 1930s. Will fit...
Iroquois whimsey "1942" diamond-shaped pin cushion. Green satin and...
Iroquois Whimsy 1899!. Gold body pink berries hanging from beak and...
Iroquois whimsey single picture frame with all clear beads. Front...
Iroquois whimsey "Dear Mother" boot, C. 1940s. Very sweet, with...
Iroquois mini whimsey bird from 1908. (Date beaded under tail). 6"...
Iroquois Whimsey Double Picture Frame C 1890-1900. Overall pretty...
A very rare matched pair of Iroquois whimsey boots with flags, c....
Iroquois whimsey frame with flowers and a beaver, "1915"....
Iroquois whimsey broomholder in the shape of a snowshoe, "1899"....
Matched pair of Iroquois whimsey boots with flags, c. 1910. A rare...
Iroquois whimsey whisk broom holder, "SOUVENIR FAIR 1929"....
Iroquois "FINE BOAT" whimsey canoe, c. 1910. Nicely rendered cats...
Iroquois whimsey star with a proud bird, c. 1920. Excellent...
Iroquois whimsy. One of the few we have ever seen with a stag! Very...
Iroquois whimsey "1902" "Match Box". A classic form from an early...
5-pointed Iroquois whimsey pin cushion star "1921". A colorful...
Iroquois whimsey black velvet purse with a lovely Indian maiden on...
Iroquois whimsey small flat purse "I love You 1931". The kind that...
Iroquois whimsey 3-lobed heart "1915". It's over 100 years old,...
Iroquois whimsey boot, c. 1900-1910. A stunning and colorful piece...
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