Bear Trade Bracelet

United States
$185.00
Item No. N711B-WRP
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This sterling silver Bear trade bracelet was designed by Bill Wilson, a Tlingit raised in Hoonah, Alaska. Bears were treated with great respect by the coastal Indians because of their human-like qualities. The bracelet is struck from the original die made in the early 1900's. The Bear Trade Bracelet has a devolved length of 7½ inches and is shaped to wrap easily around your wrist. Made in USA.

This sterling silver Bear trade bracelet was designed by Bill Wilson, a Tlingit raised in Hoonah, Alaska. Bears were treated with great respect by the coastal Indians because of their human-like qualities. The bracelet is struck from the original die made in the early 1900's. The Bear Trade Bracelet has a devolved length of 7½ inches and is shaped to wrap easily around your wrist. Made in USA.

  • Trade Bracelets

    In the early 1900's Mayer Brothers, a jewelry manufacturer in Seattle, set up to produce silver bracelets to sell to the Indians along the Pacific Northwest coast, using designs from Tlingit carvers. These trade bracelets became favored items to be given away at potlaches.

    Production has continued to this day under a succession of manufacturing companies here in the Northwest, using both modern designs and the designs from the early 1900's, with rings, earrings and pendants as well as the traditional bracelets added to the line. The primary market continues to be in Alaska, and the jewelry is sold to both Indians and tourists. The Indians buy mainly the traditional designs, with the most popular bracelet still being the Lovebirds.

    We are pleased to offer a range of trade bracelets and matching rings designed by Bill Wilson, a Tlingit raised in Hoonah, Alaska. The bracelets are struck from the original dies made in the early 1900's for trade with the Indians of the Pacific Northwest. Typical of the early patterns, the bracelets are relatively narrow, with the design on the terminals. The bracelets and rings are available in sterling silver. The rings are also available in 14 kt. gold.

  • Bear
    Bears were held in great respect by the Coastal Indians because of their humanlike qualities. Bears that had been killed were taken to the chief's house and treated like guests. Prayers and dances were made to the soul of the bear so that harm would not later befall the hunters. The bear motif is often found carved and painted on totem poles and used in many other art works.

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