Antique Native Indian Bead Necklace + Andrew Johnson Presidents Peace Medal

Antique Native Indian Bead Necklace + Andrew Johnson Presidents Peace Medal
Antique Native Indian Bead Necklace + Andrew Johnson Presidents Peace Medal
Antique Native Indian Bead Necklace + Andrew Johnson Presidents Peace Medal
Antique Native Indian Bead Necklace + Andrew Johnson Presidents Peace Medal
Antique Native Indian Bead Necklace + Andrew Johnson Presidents Peace Medal

Antique Native Indian Bead Necklace + Andrew Johnson Presidents Peace Medal

This is a very interesting and quirky peace. Not to be confused with the fakes on the market. The medal has been presented to a Native American Chieftain and the stamps on the medal show this. Day, who was the appointed special commissioner to the Indians of the Northwestern superintendency. I've also been told that the feather stamp shows which tribe it was awarded to.

Its worth noting, I've seen no stamps on any of the other medals offered for sale on the internet. This would have been worn with full feathered regalia. The medal is dated 1865 and I can also confirm that the necklace is early to mid 20th century. Wouldn't look out of place in a museum! Refer to ovular or circular medals. Awarded to tribal leaders throughout colonial America and early United States history, primarily made of silver. And ranging in diameter from about one to six inches. Medals were often perforated and worn suspended around the neck of the recipient. Controversy remains surrounding the use and impact of peace medals in furthering diplomatic relationships between Native Americans and the federal government.

Many Indian peace medals today are archived in museums, libraries, and cultural centers. Great value was prescribed by the peace medals, which were to be buried with the owner or passed down from generation to generation. A considerable amount of portraiture made of Native American figures accentuating the medals worn around their neck serves as a testament to their importance. Peace medals assumed a role within many Native ethea akin to earlier worn shell gorgets, associating the wearer of the medal with the individual engraved on its surface. The imagery presented on the medals, of both royal and political figures, was understood as a symbol of access into the world of the White man.

This world brought with it new trade goods and technologies of Europe and later the United States, notably the rifle. The medals became a physical representation of a spiritual dimension that linked the medal wearer to a source of power, for example, the "Great Father" as President Washington was referred to by medal recipients. The distribution of peace medals both reinforced and furthered a political order within the tribes. Feedback says it all really. My descriptions are accurate as possible but please feel free to ask on anything not mentioned or for more pictures. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic Antiques\Native American". The seller is "derwent_antiques_uk" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Korea, South, Switzerland, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei Darussalam, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French Guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Macau, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and Caicos Islands, Aruba, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Vietnam.
Antique Native Indian Bead Necklace + Andrew Johnson Presidents Peace Medal