Vintage Germany 1900's Portrait "American Indian Chief", Wearing the Presidential Medal of Peace, 6-1/2" Trivet
Wonderfully collectible is this vintage unmarked Germany Portrait "American Indian Chief" Trivet.
The scarce Germany Trivet, which measures 6-1/2" wide, displays an "American Indian Chief" Wearing the Presidential Medal of Peace.
Following the practice established by European powers in the American colonies, U.S. presidents and their agents gave these medals to the chiefs or significant warriors of Native American tribes as tokens of friendship, sometimes accompanied by explanations of newly established U.S. sovereignty. The best known examples were the medals carried by Lewis and Clark on their 1804-1806 expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase.
In many cases, because the medals were distributed to significant members of tribal parties, the medals became sought after symbols of power and influence within Native American tribes. While most of the medals were not distributed with holes in them, Native Americans would often perforate the medals themselves so to be worn around the neck. Indian peace medals are commonly seen in Native American portraiture. The medals became sought after by Native Americans during the period of European colonization of the Americas.
The "American Indian Chief" Trivet is in good condition and totally free of chips, cracks, or other damage with some minor nicks on the underside foot. [see photo].
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