Beaver Pelt

Description (Brief)
One (1) beaver pelt
United States, mid 1800s
Front Image: N/A
Front Text: N/A
Reverse Image: A shield and words printed in red and black ink.
Reverse Text: MASTER / STERN FUR DRESSES / MS 2042 F-29 / UNION / A3172
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.
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date made
mid 1800s
Physical Description
skin, beaver (overall material)
brown (overall color)
light brown (overall color)
natural (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 1/2 in x 26 in x 22 in; 1.27 cm x 66.04 cm x 55.88 cm
place made
United States
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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