Strike-a-light - 962.258.91_1

962.258.91_1

Strike-a-light

Maker: Euro-Canadian (Fur Trade)
Medium:Iron
Geography: Ontario, French River, Double Rapids
Date: c. 1730-1825 AD
Period: Colonial (1700-1850 AD)
Dimensions:
7.2 x 3.4 x 0.2 cm
Object number: 962.258.91
Not on view
DescriptionThis strike-a-light (also known as a firesteel) was recovered from the bottom of the French River (Double Rapids) in 1962 along with other fur trade commodities. The current interpretation for these objects is that they sank to the bottom of the river during canoe accidents. In the fur trade context, such items were destined for trade with Indigenous individuals and communities in exchange for furs and food.
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