HUDSON BAY era Fur Trade pendant necklaces w/Old Trade Beads -HB Beaver Medallion -Strung with Rawhide

HUDSON BAY era Fur Trade pendant necklaces w/Old Trade Beads -HB Beaver Medallion -Strung with Rawhide

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The colorful beads and silver or copper or pewter pendants (above) are representative of the trade goods bartered between French fur traders and Native Americans throughout New France (Canada) in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In an effort to control the fur trade the governors of New France only licensed a few French traders, and expected the Indians to bring their furs to Montreal where the government could keep an eye on them.
But, in short order hundreds of young, enterprising Frenchmen known as voyageurs ("travelers" in French) paddled canoes up the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers to rendezvous with Indian trappers to obtain their furs.

Another bolder class of Frenchmen known as couriers de bois ("Runners of the Woods" in French) loaded their canoes with metal hatchets, knives, kettles, traps, needles, fish hooks, cloth and blankets, jewelry and decorative items. In later times they also exchanged firearms and sometimes illegal alcohol.

They pushed into the remote wilds of Canada, where they paddled their canoes as many as 16 hours a day while carrying two packs weighing 90 pounds (40 kilograms) each across portages. They learned the Indians' language and customs and gained their friendship with gifts like the colorful beads and trade silver pendants above.

The couriers de bois would often spend a year or two living and trapping with the Indians.

They learned to live, hunt, and dress like the Indians. Sometimes they married Indian women and settled down with their tribes. They learned to survive the freezing winters. Many they did not see another European for several years.


1. Fur Trade Hudson Bay Medallion

Hudson Bay Trade Beaver Medallion HB Touch Mark at its best ..This Medallion measures 2-1/2" long by 1-1/2" wide and the length is 25" with a adjustable slide brass beads to open necklace up to 36" inches. The front of this Medallion has touch marks HB in four places and in the back of the medallion there is a date 1773 with touch marks. This medallion is 1/8" think and the metal is of pewter I believe..The Beads are very old Russian Blues I was told and necklace also has Old Glass White bead also strung with leather/Raw Hide. I know the Beads are very old and the medallion is I was told is a beautiful duplicate of original a piece from the Fur Trade Era.

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Hello Ronald Thanks for this nice piece of history ,i enjoy to have it now. Very good work. Anytime again i will buy from you. friendly recards Peter