Beaver Pelt

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)
average spatial: 12 1/2 in x 18 in; x 31.75 cm x 45.72 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

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