Wabanaki trade brooch, ca. 1780
Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.
This trade silver brooch may have been given to James A. Purinton, Indian Agent serving at Old Town between 1860 and 1864. It most likely was made in Montreal, Canada.
The Wabanaki Indians traded furs for silver, as did many other tribes in the northeastern United States.
Indians bought or traded for silver and the silversmiths incorporated designs using Indian motifs in jewelry made for trade.
The double curve design used in this brooch was a popular Indian design.
- Title: Wabanaki trade brooch, ca. 1780
- Creation Date: circa 1780
- Subject Date: circa 1780
- Town: Old Town
- County: Washington
- State: ME, NB
- Media: Silver alloy
- Local Code: 2420* #3
- Object Type: Physical Object
For more information about this item, contact:
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Cross Reference Searches
LC Subject Headings
Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.