Penobscot cape collar, ca. 1870

Contributed by Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine


This Penobscot cape collar features medicinal and other plant motifs and reflects design traditions that spread through the Northeast in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Penobscot men wore cape collars and cuffs for dances, ceremonies, inaugurations of governors and chiefs, and other special occasions.

These items are derived from the decorated great coats worn by Penobscots in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

The earliest collars were ornamented with ribbon work and white seed beads laid out in double curve motifs, typical of the Penobscots.

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About This Item

  • Title: Penobscot cape collar, ca. 1870
  • Creation Date: circa 1870
  • Subject Date: circa 1870
  • State: ME
  • Media: Beads
  • Local Code: HM 2542
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine
5746 Maine Center for the Arts, Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1902

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