"Made 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, 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.
date made
mid 1800s
place made
United States
Physical Description
leather, fur (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 23 in x 8 in; 10.16 cm x 58.42 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
Credit Line
Chase Manhattan Bank
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The American Revolution: A World War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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