Silver trade brooch, ca. 1870

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Mary Purinton Putnam, daughter of Indian agent James A. Purinton, who served at Old Town between 1860 and 1864, gave this silver trade brooch to the Maine Historical Society.

The brooch was made in Canada by a non-Indian silversmith.

The Wabanaki Indians traded furs for silver, and the silversmiths incorporated designs using Indian motifs in jewelry made for trade.

Maine Indians wore the brooches as decorative items until about 1900.

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About This Item

  • Title: Silver trade brooch, ca. 1870
  • Creation Date: circa 1800
  • Subject Date: circa 1800
  • State: ME
  • Media: Silver
  • Local Code: 2420* #1
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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