Pamunkey Indian museum to get replica frontlet

Williamsburg, Virginia (AP) May 2011

The Pamunkey Indian Museum is receiving a replica of a 17th-century frontlet thought to be worn as an ornamental headpiece or part of a necklace.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation says it is presenting the replica at the Governor’s Palace.

The replica is a reproduction of an original artifact in the collection of Preservation Virginia. The original was likely made in London of raised, chased and engraved sheet silver, and executed during the reign of Charles II.

It is believed to be one of several gifts presented to the Queen of the Pamunkey in observance of the 1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation, which later became known as Williamsburg.

The reproduction will be installed in the Pamunkey Indian Museum at the Pamunkey Indian Reservation in King William County.