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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
variegated glass trade beads
And a woman’s necklace of blue glass and brass beads and shells. With old labels inscribed ‘Indian Headdress’ and ‘Indian Squaws Bracelet’.
Size : 91.5 cm long – 36 ins long and 38 cm long, 5 cm wide – 15 ins long, 2 ins wide
The wearing of jewellery was a demonstration of wealth and status both conspicuous and implied, but jewellery was also made and worn as ceremonial regalia and held spiritual meaning and power.
Using glass beads to win Indian friendship was a prevalent custom in the time when England, France, Sweden, Holland and Spain all vied for control of North American territories. The practice lasted through the American revolution when gift giving gradually gave way to trading beads for fur, and through the fur trade, glass beads had a significant effect on Native American Indian life.