Minnesota Historical Society

Trade Silver Small Circle Brooch

$ 32.00

Hand-crafted sterling silver replica of a type of brooch commonly worn and traded in the fur trade era.

Silver brooches in many sizes and designs were a common trade item in the Great Lakes area from the mid 1700's into the mid 1800's, worn by the Native Americans and Voyageurs for decoration, status, and a way to carry their wealth. This is a reproduction of an original piece of trade silver, made from sterling silver with the same tools and techniques as were used to create the originals.

Leopold Lisovskis has been a historic silversmith for 35 years and lives in an 1850's log cabin in rural Wisconsin.

Each piece is unique; averaging 7/8 inch in diameter.

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