Earrings. Thin silver ring to which is attached a small silver ball, to which is attached a cone shaped piece of silver about 3/4' long.; Set of four silver colored earrings; wire hoops with ball at top, tapered hollow tube at bottom.
These earrings were worn in large numbers around the rim of the ear. Earrings of this type were made by French, English and North American silversmiths for the Native American fur trade.
During the fur trade era, European and North American fur trappers traded silver jewelry like these earrings to Native Americans for small animal pelts. A complex enterprise, the fur trade involved Native Americans working alongside European trappers. Alliances formed through the fur trade sometimes embroiled Native Americans in bloody tribal conflicts and protracted colonial wars such as the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812.