Strike-a-light - 962.258.4_1

962.258.4_1

Strike-a-light

Maker: Euro-Canadian (Fur Trade)
Medium:Iron
Geography: Ontario, French River, Grand Parisien Rapids
Date: c. 1730-1825 AD
Period: Colonial (1700-1850 AD)
Dimensions:
9.5 x 4.4 x 0.2 cm
Object number: 962.258.4
Not on view
DescriptionThis large strike-a-light (also known as a firesteel) was recovered from the bottom of the French River (Grand Parisien Rapids) in 1962. The current interpretation for these objects is that they sank to the bottom of the river during canoe accidents. In the context of the fur trade, such items were destined for commerce with Indigenous individuals and communities in exchange for furs and food.
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