"Made 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, being 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; 12 pelts purchased a four-foot gun; one, a one-pound kettle.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
premonetary
Measurements
overall: 288.2 g
place made
United States
ID Number
1979.1263.00759
accession number
1979.1263
catalog number
1979.1263.00759
subject
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Chase Manhattan

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