Axe heads with gunflints - 962.258.271_1

962.258.271_1

Axe heads with gunflints

Maker: Euro-Canadian (Fur Trade)
Medium:Iron and stone
Geography: Ontario, French River, Grand Parisien Rapids
Date: c. 1730-1790 AD
Period: Colonial (1700-1850 AD)
Dimensions:
Axe heads: 18.5 x 9 x 5.3 cm; 16 x 8.5 x 4.6 cm; Gunflints: 3 x 2.6 x 1 cm (average)
Object number: 962.258.271
Not on view
DescriptionThis item is an assemblage of 2 iron trade axes with multiple gunflints (French gunspalls) stuck together by corrosion. The gunflints are spalls, and therefore probably date to the first half of the 18th century. They were 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 fur trade context, such items were used both by fur traders, and traded to Indigenous individuals and communities in exchange for furs and food.
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