Horse Hair Rope

Summary: 
A square "braid" woven horse hair rope with one eyed end and red wool cloth, part of the Spalding-Allen Collection
Description: 

This one square "braid" woven horse hair rope with one eyed end and has red wool cloth decorated ends. The rope is covered with cured hide (which appears to be lightly smoked) and laced with hide thong with segment of red wool broadcloth. Beadwork on the cloth indicates that a black row of beads bordered on each side by a white row decorated the ends. The rope weaving consists of eight tightly twisted strands with two edges formed of each color. Wear indicates date of manufacture prior to 1845. Traces of soil and wear indicate some usage prior to collection as a lariat and bridle. The hair is normally obtained from the more pliable strands of horse's mane--lengths normally of 12-18 inches.