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Elegant red and gold cap with geometric and floral designs, silk ribbon and glass beads | Donald Ellis Gallery

Peaked Cap


ca. 1830

wool and cotton cloth, silk ribbon, glass beads

height: 15 ½"
width: 13"

Inventory # W3831


acquired by the Maine State Museum, Augustus, ME


Collected by a government Indian agent under Grover Cleveland at Old Town, Penobscot County, Maine, 1880-82
Dr. Frank T. Siebert Jr., (b. 1912 d. 1998) Old Town, Maine, a linguist and amateur anthropologist who devoted his later years to researching the Penobscot language and writing a Penobscot-English dictionary.


On loan to University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, 1999 to 2002
On long-term loan to the Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine, 2002 to 2011
“The Four Mollys”, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine, January 31, 2002 to October 20, 2002
“Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing, and Costume”. Maine State Museum, Augusta, Maine, May 23, 2009 to September 4, 2010


American Indian Art Magazine, Summer 2004, pg. 65

Accompanied by a photograph of Mary Nicola (“Molley Molasses”) taken ca. 1860 wearing this rare, early peaked cap