Beaver Pelt

Beaver Pelt

Usage conditions apply
Downloads
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
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
alternative currency
Other Terms
alternative currency; North America; United States
date made
mid 1800s
place made
United States
Physical Description
skin, beaver (overall material)
brown (overall color)
light brown (overall color)
natural (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
average spatial: 1/2 in x 26 in x 22 in; 1.27 cm x 66.04 cm x 55.88 cm
ID Number
1979.1263.00755
catalog number
1979.1263.00755
accession number
1979.1263
catalog number
79.112.OC7A
collector/donor number
OC7A
Credit Line
The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.
See more items in
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Coins, Currency and Medals
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object