Item 6657 - Wabanaki trade brooch, ca. 1780

Item 6657 - Wabanaki trade brooch, ca. 1780
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Item 6657
Wabanaki trade brooch, ca. 1780
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James A. Purinton, Indian Agent serving at Old Town between 1860 and 1864 had this silver trade brooch in his collection. It most likely was made in Montreal, Canada.

Wabanaki people traded furs for silver, as did many other tribes in the northeastern United States.

Wabanakis bought or traded for silver and the silversmiths incorporated designs using Native motifs in jewelry made for trade.

The double curve design used in this brooch is a Wabanaki design.

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