Maine Memory Network
Maine's Online Museum

Login · My Account · Show Album


 

 

Wabanaki trade brooch, ca. 1780

Click on the image to zoom. Click and drag your mouse over the image to move it left or right. Use the small navigation window to select the area you wish to zoom on.

Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.

Description

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.

Go back