Beaver Pelt

Description
In the mid 1800s, after being cleaned and stretched, beaver skins were transformed into beaver pelts such as this one. Dark brown in color, this beaver pelt is rather large—almost two feet in diameter. Prized for their water repellent fur, pelts traded at a premium. In the early 1800s, “Made Beaver” was a unit of trade. Twelve pelts purchased a four foot gun; one, a one pound kettle.
Object Name
beaver skin
Physical Description
skin, beaver (overall material)
brown (overall color)
light brown (overall color)
natural (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
average spatial: 12 1/2 in x 18 in; x 31.75 cm x 45.72 cm
ID Number
1979.1263.00755
catalog number
1979.1263.00755
accession number
1979.1263
catalog number
79.112.OC007A
subject
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
depicted
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

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