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Vintage Beaded Strike-a-Light Bag
Item #CC02 - $195 plus
Paula says: "This medicine bag came from a collection of a man who collected Comanche beadwork. There was a paper inside the bag with a Comanche woman's name and address. We don't know if she was the maker or a previous owner. The bag shows signs of being Native American made but since we have no documentation with the bag we are selling it as a vintage beaded bag."
The top laces come through to secure the bag opening.
What is a Strike-A-Light bag?
Native American women would tie a bag like this under their apron and would carry in it items necessary for making a fire. This would usually consist of flint, a "Strike-a-Light" which is a special steel plate to use with the flint for creating sparks to start a fire, and tinder (such as dry moss or rabbit fur) to catch the sparks and start the fire.
The jewelry and artifacts in this collection were gathered by a man born in 1933 and who has been collecting for over 60 years. He has a great love of Native American people, their culture and customs and their art. Living and working most of his life in Texas, he has been particularly drawn to Lakota, Comanche, Apache, Pueblo, Navajo and Zuni pieces. We will be listing items from his collection over the next year, so keep an eye on the Newly Listed Items page.