Found a Trade Ring - looking for info

Steve in PA

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I found the trade ring (what's left of it) at the site of a trading post in Ohio that was in operation from 1769 to 1782. The site also saw US military occupation in the 1790s and again during the War of 1812.
I can see it has a little snake and the letters D I. The snake obviously has significance to Native Americans, but I'm wondering what significance, if any, do the letters have?

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Thanks for looking!
 
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I'm not sure but there's lot of Jesuit ring styles in images and info on this link.
I see LI but I'm using the phone, so limited.
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IHS is the symbol for Jesus
The snake is actually the S
The H is 2 symbols with the curve.
Looking at ring styles they weren't the greatest at the script neatness.
Awesome recovery 👏
 
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Steve in PA

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IHS is the symbol for Jesus
The snake is actually the S
The H is 2 symbols with the curve.
Looking at ring styles they weren't the greatest at the script neatness.
Awesome recovery 👏
If you look closely at the "snake", the left side appears to be a head with an open mouth. At least that's what I see :dontknow:
 

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Leave it me to always throw the proverbial "monkey wrench" into the scene...

"ICI"... and perhaps a merchant ring.... but ?
 
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Leave it me to always throw the proverbial "monkey wrench" into the scene...

"ICI"... and perhaps a merchant ring.... but ?
Definitely a trade ring. It has the same characteristics of many that are in books and online. Look at the zig zag lettering style on mine and on D in this group.

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