Pennsylvania; USA (inferred)
Quahog clam shell beads (purple wampum), whelk shell beads (white wampum), cordage
Presented by the Lenape to William Penn (1644-1718), the founder of Pennsylvania, as part of a land sale or treaty in the 1680s; taken or sent to England and kept as property of the Penn family at Pennsylvania Castle, their estate in Portland, England; acquired by John Merrick Head (ca. 1843-1915) in 1887 when he purchased Pennsylvania Castle and its contents; sold at an auction of Penn items from Merrick's estate in July 1916 by Christie, Manson & Woods of London; purchased from the buyer at that sale by Mrs. George (Thea) Heye using funds donated by MAI trustee Harmon W. Hendricks (1846-1928).
76 x 11.5 cm
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