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
Not on view
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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