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Jesuit Ash Burl Canoe Cup

Jesuit or Voyager's Great Lakes canoe belt cup hand carved out of ash burl. It has the Sacred Heart of Jesus carved on the bottom with two other crosses plus vines along the sides, circa. 17th - 18th century. Total length is 5 inches and the diameter is 3 3/8 inches. There is an old age crack that was repaired during its use; has a silver wire staple adjacent to the handle in the bowl rim (left of handle as shown). This cup may have been a gift from an Indian to a Jesuit for use as a canoe cup, Baptism cup, etc., or possibly was carved by a fur trade voyager as a special belt cup. Museum piece. (TR-269)


Father Marquette Jesuit Ring

French very early Jesuit Ring as found in St. Ignace, MI, along the trail leading from the first Jesuit Mission set up by Father Jacques Marquette in 1671. This is the only Father Marquette (1637-1675) ring known to be found with his embossed image. This brass ring was found in 2009 in excellent condition. It would have been given to the

Ottawa Indians as a gift of friendship or as a reward for bible study. Father Marquette was a prominent French Jesuit missionary promotor, loved by the Indians, and did much traveling in the Great Lakes. See this exact ring pictured in "A Pictorial History of Fur Trade Goods", page 10. A very scarce ring that has been called the "Holy Grail" of Michigan's fur trade. Museum piece. (F-809) . (email for $)

Shell Wampum Belt

Seneca Iroquois quahog clam shell Wampum Belt from the Power House Site culture, 1640-1660. No wampum beads have been documented on prehistoric Seneca sites. The Seneca Indians of N.Y. state had little contact with the eastern seaboard until approximately 50 years after the Columbus discovery of America. Between 1535 and 1550, the first European trade goods were introduced to the Seneca (Adams site, 1500-1575). This was also the period of the first wampum beads the Seneca had ever owned. There are four types of wampum that have been identified in use by the Seneca. Type 1 being native made from 1535 to 1640, is a long white, flat sided thin walled bead with a wide taper drilled hole. Type 2, dating as early as type 1, was a native made shorter bead, often flat sided barrel shaped, thick, of a wide taper drilled white bead. Type 2 dates on Seneca sites from approximately 1550 to 1650. Type 3 was the more plentiful "Dutch" wampum (type shown here), which appears on Seneca Sites of the 1635-1660 period, after the establishment of the Dutch Fort Orange trading post in present day Albany, New York, in 1624. (email for $)

This type of bead is short, fat, round/cylinder sided and with a small taper drilled and hand perforated hole by iron drills from opposite ends of the bead. Type 3 was in large quantities on Seneca sites from 1630 through the early 1700's, as an established trade item. During the first half of the 17th century, marine shell beads on Seneca sites appears to decline, then rebound in the middle of the century, with up to 250,000 shell beads found at the Seneca Power House site. Purple wampum beads make their appearance in the archaeological record at this time. There were so many belts that the Seneca placed wampum belts in burials, reaching its peak in 1650 to 1680. The 4th and last wampum type was the Colonial American variety. It is much longer and thinner than the earlier "Dutch" variety. Designs of Wampum belts found on Seneca sites through archeological preservation indicate diamonds and diagonal bars were the most popular designs used. Figures and human forms did not appear until into the 18th century on wampum belts. A scarce wampum belt of pristine "Dutch" cylinder wampum, 1/8" dia. Museum piece. (I-669)

Shell Wampum

Seneca Iroquois Seashell Wampum, from the Seneca Dann Site culture, 1660-1675. New York state native hand made Wampum from Conch/ Quahog Clam Shell, that was prized and traded by Inland tribes. Scarce long string of pristine "Dutch" cylinder wampum, 1/8" dia. Museum piece.

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Moose Antler Effigy Comb

Seneca Iroquois Sand Piper Comb form, found by John Fitz Morris at the Ganondagan (Boughton Hill Site) Ontario, Co., New York. Found eroding out of a bank in a copper/brass kettle - the verdigris turned the antler green and helped to preserve it. The snipe form indicates that its owner was a member of the Snipe Clan - very well made and very rare. Dates from 1670 - 1687. It measures 3 inches; the teeth are now shorter than when made. John Morris (deceased) lived on a farm two miles east of Holcomb, N.Y. on the North Road near the Boughton Hill Indian Site. Museum piece. (F-1232) . (email for $)

Marine Shell Pendant

Seneca Iroquois Seashell Pendant form, found by Joseph Quinlan of the Dansville, New York area (1930's, his collection # 273 is inked on the piece). Measures 5 inches long. Probably from the Seneca Dann Site culture, 1660-1675. Seashells were prized and traded by Inland tribes. Museum piece. (F-149)


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