ME938.1.12.1-2 | Epaulet

Anonyme - Anonymous
Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Huron-Wendat
1800-1830, 19th century
Tanned and smoked deer hide, felt?, moosehair, horsehair?, sheet metal cones, cotton thread
10 x 28 cm
Gift of Mrs. Lillian M. Ogilvie
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Epaulet (13)
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Keys to History

Before the arrival of Europeans, the Huron-Wendat decorated their garments and accessories with beads made from natural materials such as shells, bone and stone. They also used porcupine quills, moosehair and coloured pigments to create motifs on their clothing. With the arrival of Europeans and the start of the fur trade, they obtained iron axes, copper pots, cloth, glass beads, steel needles - a whole range of new goods that were quickly incorporated into their production methods and daily lives.

  • What

    These epaulets, made of black wool cloth, are embroidered with moosehair and adorned with a fringe of metal cones filled with moosehair.

  • Where

    Epaulets such as this pair were sewn on the ceremonial clothing of men from Wendake, especially their frock coats.

  • When

    These epaulets were made in the early 19th century.

  • Who

    These epaulets were probably collected by John Ogilvie (1769-1819), an agent of the New North West Company (also known as the XY Company), a major fur-trading company and competitor of the North West Company.