This is an unusual pair of watch pockets, made by the Native American Cree Indian peoples purportedly from the Ft. Vermillion (Zama Lake) area, c1940. Both pockets are of intricate and vibrant bead work with hide backing. One appears to be for daywear and the other for the watch at night. The example for the day has a leather strap at the back for placing over the belt when the decorative front can be lifted to reveal an internal pocket for a watch. The other piece that is for night-time has a loop at the top for hanging from a hook and there is a pocket at the front to place the watch, probably with a watch chain securely within it, for night-time protection of the valued watch. Both examples are in excellent condition with no apparent loss of the beads. These are lovely examples of talented bead work and would add to a collection of Americana. These would also appeal to those interested in watches and their various ways of being worn or protected. Night pocket length 7 ins (17.8cm). Day pocket length 4.5 ins (11.5cm). Combined weight 100 grams. Both of these pockets appear in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on pages 221 and 228.
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