A NORTHEASTERN EMBROIDERED BIRCHBARK BOX AND ALMANAC
the interior of the lid with a label inscribed in manuscript 'Made by the converted Iroquois and Algonquin from the Lake of the Two Mountains on the River Ottawa / RB 1843' together with an almanac variously inscribed in ink and also inscribed by Robert Berkeley 'Algonquin Almanack' (2)
box: 6cm. high, 13cm. wide, 8cm. deep; 2¼in., 5in., 3in.
This object has been stored in non museum conditions for some time and it shows. The threads faded and discolored. With losses to embroidered details and ingrained dirt. The hinge of the box corroded. Would benefit from some sensitive conservation. The almanac is in very good condition although there is a fold down the centre of the piece.
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Robert Martin Berkeley (1823-1897)
Inventory, 1893, ‘Specimens of North American embroidered bark work’ in the Museum Room (and the proceeding lot)
Robert Martin Berkeley departed for New York on 15 June 1843 aboard the SS Great Western. He almost certainly acquired this box and the three lots which follow during the period he spent in North America in the second half of that year.