Armlet, with engraved royal British Coat of Arms as it was during the reign of King George III. Silver color. Grooved border at top and bottom. Four holes (two on each side) pierced at the back for securing.
This armlet was found in a Native American mound near Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Engraved royal British Coat of Arms as it was during the reign of King George III (1760-1820)
The British traded silver trade goods like this silver armlet with Native Americans for small animal pelts and as a means to symbolically purchase their loyalty through trade. Silver trade goods were especially popular with Native Americans, who wore them as decorative jewelry. This armlet, probably given to a Native American by the British for his support during the War of 1812, symbolizes the intended wearers' political allegiance to Great Britain. Most Native Americans supported the British during the War of 1812, and pieces marked with political symbols of the British Empire signified their allegiance to Great Britain. This allegiance, in addition to resentment for white settlers encroaching on tribal lands, was one of the many sources of tension between Native Americans and settlers of the United States.