Ethnology Collection - Quilled Birch-Bark and Moose-Hair Embroidered Bookmark

This Bookmark Tells Its Own Story

A skilled Mi’kmaw artisan. A young woman from a prominent Nova Scotian family. The Prince of Wales. All have connections to this stunning embroidered bookmark.

The bookmark was made by Sarah Rachael Uniacke under the direction of a Mi’kmaw teacher who gave her weekly lessons in moose hair embroidery. When the Prince of Wales visited Nova Scotia in 1860, he was presented with a large number of Mi’kmaq artworks. Sarah’s bookmark was not among these gifts – instead, she sent it to her aunt in England. But you can see a bookmark very much like hers, including the lovely conch-shell motif, in the Prince’s collection, now held at the Isle of Wight.

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Moose Haired Embroidered Bookmark
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19th Century
Halifax, NS
Birch Bark, moose hair, porcupine quills, silk fibre and cotton
320 mm x 48 mm