Armband - ROM2006_6886_1



Maker: William Bateman (English, 1774-1850)
Geography: London, England
Date: 1820-1821
6.0 (height) x 9.6 (diameter) cm
Object number: 986.30.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Eustella Langdon
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada. The Beaver Fur Trade. Dismantled 29 September 2017; reinstalled 04 December 2017 in a new location for the Learning Department; dismantled, reworked and reinstalled between August and 03 December 2019
DescriptionBadges of Authority for First Nations Chiefs In diplomatic protocol with the First Nations, the custom evolved of European colonial officials solemnizing agreements by presenting silver medals and gorgets to chiefs. Armbands often accompanied gorgets. As badges of authority these pieces were embellished with visible insignia of loyalty. Strictly speaking they represented covenants that were of a political and military nature, and only secondarily economic (i.e. for trade). This group of gorgets and armbands all bear the royal arms of Great Britain.
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