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    Trade ring?

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    I found this in a patch of woods that has produced hardly any metal at all, the exception is there is a 1830ís trade site a couple 100 yds from where I found this. There is a large gap between the two areas where I find nothing even on 0 discovery.
    My point is these two areas may or may not be related but, in the area I found this ring I have also found two trade awls and a thimble from a northwest gun so I think thereís a chance the ring is trade era.
    It looks like itís got a base metal of copper or something similar with a plating of what I think may be silver because it turned more black after a brief use of naval jelly.
    Anybody know anything about trade era rings? Did I find one, is it impossible to say? Iíd just love to get some more info on this
    Last edited by Older The Better; May 15, 2019 at 09:51 PM.
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    I thought you'd get an answer here for sure. Kind of the right shape but the plating puts it 1840+ and i don't know if trade goods were ever plated.
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    us
    Apr 2017
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    Trade ring?

    Thanks for the reply. Sometimes the tnet gods are fickle haha. Thatís ok I know itís a ring and have a strong gut feeling itís trade era, Iíd just feel better about my id with some support from some knowledgeable folks.

    Iíve found some similar ones on line that had glass stones, I canít say if itís truly plated or just dipped.
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    where I found it could have been a separate site from my 1830ís site. I wouldnít be surprised if it wasnít a good area to stop when the natives went west to hunt buffalo and this new spot was used several years after the 1830ís spot. 1840ís is very much in the realm of native settlement. The area wasnít opened to white settlement until the 1860ís.
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    I hadn't answered because the Trade Goods I find stop about 1820. None of my Trade rings appear to have plating. However some are the single stone like yours. I guess I would need the ring in hand to really comment on it....? It certainly could be a Trade ring..........Nice find!

    Iowa Dale
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    us
    Apr 2017
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    Trade ring?

    Thanks, it hadnít occurred to me that the trade era has different end dates based on geography Iíll be sure to include location info on future posts. Itís encouraging to know someone has single stone rings.
    Does anybody know if they would have dipped rings like they did flat buttons? Because from what I can find the more basic the ring the earlier it is, which suggests this one is early and the northwest gun thimble would also be earlier
    So if it wasnít for the plating issue Iíd say Iíd be looking at something more in the late 1700ís range not mid 1800ís
    Last edited by Older The Better; May 19, 2019 at 07:29 AM.

 

 

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