A Rare 1901 Assembly of Indian Chiefs Peace Medal
A Rare 1901 Chiefs Indian Peace Medal for the Assembly of North American Indians - Red bronze, engraver marked "P.W. ELLIS CO", obverse illustrating the left-facing conjoined busts of the Duke and Duchess of York (later, King George V and Queen Mary), inscribed "THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES" above, "THE DUKE AND DUCHESS" to their left and "OF CORNWALL AND YORK" to their right, surrounded by an ornately framed open-ended wreath of maple leaves, reverse illustrating the Royal Arms in the centre, inscribed "CALGARY SEP 28th 1901" below and surrounded by the inscription "PRESENTED TO HEAD CHIEFS IN COMMEMORATION OF ASSEMBLY OF INDIAN TRIBES", 65 mm, scattered spotting and streaks, extremely fine. Accompanied by its hardshelled case of issue, maker marked "P.W. ELLIS TORONTO CANADA." on the lid, recessed medal bed, scuffed exterior, case fine. Footnote: According to the book, "Medals Awarded to North American Indian Chiefs 1714-1922" by Melvill Allan Jamieson, it states: "During the world tour of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, now their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary, undertaken soon after the accession of King Edward VII, Canada was visited in the autumn of 1901, as in the other parts of the British Empire a gathering of the native tribes was held to offer allegiance to the Royal travelers who were representing the King Emperor. The assembly of North American Indians took place at Calgary, Alberta, on September 28th, 1901, and was attended by some two thousand Indians who had trekked from different parts of Canada." Several Chiefs from six tribes signed a welcome statement that was read to the Royal visitors by a young Indian boy.