Halibut Trade Bracelet

United States
$170.00
Item No. N732B-WRP
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This sterling silver Halibut trade bracelet was designed by Bill Wilson, a Tlingit raised in Hoonah, Alaska. A Tlingit legend tells that a fisherman presented his wife with a very small halibut. Disgusted, she threw it onto the beach, where it thrashed about and grew so large that it smashed the island to pieces, creating the Queen Charlotte Islands. The bracelet is struck from the original die made in the early 1900's. The Halibut Trade Bracelet has a devolved length of 7½ inches and is shaped to wrap easily around your wrist. Made in USA.

This sterling silver Halibut trade bracelet was designed by Bill Wilson, a Tlingit raised in Hoonah, Alaska. A Tlingit legend tells that a fisherman presented his wife with a very small halibut. Disgusted, she threw it onto the beach, where it thrashed about and grew so large that it smashed the island to pieces, creating the Queen Charlotte Islands. The bracelet is struck from the original die made in the early 1900's. The Halibut Trade Bracelet has a devolved length of 7½ inches and is shaped to wrap easily around your wrist. Made in USA.

  • Halibut
    Halibut, once common to the Northwest coastal waters, were an important food source for the Northwest Coast peoples. A Tlingit legend tells that a fisherman presented his wife with a very small halibut. Disgusted, she threw it onto the beach, where it thrashed about and grew so large that it smashed the island to pieces, creating the Queen Charlotte Islands.
  • 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.

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