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Solid silver beaver, with engraved details on feet and tail. Hole for suspension punched in nose. Circular eyes. Two cartouches on body, one containing an eagle and the other maker's mark.

History Of Use

Initially, the main sources of silver were British, French, and Spanish coins. Most ornaments were produced by silversmiths of European origin in North America and Europe. By the mid-18th century silver objects were produced in New England, Quebec and Montreal. Silver ornaments continue to be produced by native silversmiths in Central Canada and the USA. Animal imagery is a significant part of woodland first nations tradition, but no documented instance has been found of the use of animal effigies in trade. The place of effigies in woodlands culture is not known.

Cultural Context

personal ornamentation

Item History

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