Saturday, February 19, 2011

Indian Trade Gorget

Indian trade silver and brass gorget, Touchmark "IgL" the mark of Jacob Gerritse Lansing of Albany, silversmith, c. 1760-70. A rare surviving Indian trade gorget, the only surviving colonial period example.  Albany was an important center for Indian trade silver production. The silver bear likely signifies a special gorget made for a specific chief of the Mohawk Iroquois Bear clan.

Copy and photos from Pavilion Gallery.

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