are some excess fur Trade Era Items not needed by the owner of "The Educational Traveling Fur Trade Exhibit entitled "The Fur Trade-Minnesota's First Commerce".This is an Exhibit that has Trade Goods brought in by the Fur Companies to trade with the Natives for furs.Displays in the exhibit have Trade Axes,Hoes,Spears,Fleshers,Firesteels,Gun Parts and accessories,knives,Awls,plus displays showing how the Natives recycled some of the metal Items into something to serve a different purpose like cutting a tin bowl into strips to make Angle cones.One of the most interesting displays is one put together to show an underground Cache of trade goods.The exhibit is Rented to Banks and Businesses,Senior Citizens Centers,Museums,and Schools get to have the Exhibit along with a program for free. The items up for Auction are excess Items not needed for the exhibit. The Lake and River region of North West Central Minnesota w these Items come from,had French,British, and American Trading posts from mid 1700 through the 1800'sThese items were rescued from the same area w a small Fur Trade Axe was found.The Axe head was identified by it's Touchmark as belonging to The American Fur Trade Co.This Axe head is now in the Museum of the Fur Trade ,Chaderon Nebraska.up for Auction are ---- -A 5 3/4 " long lead bar a little over 1/2 the length of the full bar in the exhibit.Lead came into area as 10" long bars and were then melted and pured into Bullet molds.If a Bullet Mold was not available to the rifle owner a piece of the bar would be removed and punded or chewed to the diameter of the rifle bore. -A Lead Muzzle Loader round.Approximate diameter is .550 in. T are indentations around the surface of the Musketball however they do not show the distinct teeth imprints as the speciman in the traveling exhibit does. -Two Rim Fire Gun Cartridge cases.Apparently they are for pistols.Both have .380 inch outside diameters.Each has a firing pin mark , 1/32" wide and 3/32" long.The longer casing is 1 1/8 in Long.The shorter 15/16"long. -Unidentified Tool- A piece of something.It has been sharpened to a flat 1/8" wide end. -Unidentified plate with 2 holes -A portion of a piece of flat metal that had been hand punched to make a scraper or strainer. These items have been very lightly cleaned the rust,scale,and patina show their age.
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