Pen wipe/ tobacco

Object Number: 
2002.1.2848
Date: 
1890-1920
Medium: 
Cloth
Dimensions: 
4 x 2 1/4 in.
Description: 
A bright cotton felt cloth pen wipe, printed to resemble a geometrically and symbolically printed Native American or Mexican textile with a light green central field divided by black lines and red, yellow and white stair step patterned stripes, and decorated with black figures including bison, ducks, fish, smoking pipes, knives, cattle skulls, arrows, a crescent moon, drums and pottery around a central symbol resembling the swastika, which was an ancient symbol of fortune before 1920's Nazi Germany. Given as a premium by cigar stores and manufacturers for blotting the ink from a nib pen.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group