Brass currency bracelet with complex locking mechanism, used among African tribes and in trade with Europeans for African slaves

Brass bracelet, 1.25" thick consisting of two pieces that fit together, overall size 2.75" diameter. Geometric carvings on the entire bracelet. The bracelet employs a complex locking mechanism. When the dual blades are properly inserted into their counterpart and directly hammered with a light tap, they wedge in and cannot be separated without a perpendicular tap that loosens the device. They may even have been connected by chain and used as shackles.

Excerpted from the Certificate of Authenticity by the Slave Relics Museum, The Center for Research and Preservation of the African American Culture, Walterboro, SC, "[This brass bracelet] was used in Africa as currency between different tribes ... the African Chiefs traded with the Europeans for raw brass consistent with items from Chad ... a fine example of African currency used in the African Slave Trade ... from the early to mid 1800s ... "

Item: 58317

Price: $750.00
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