Fur-traders mini sales display?

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Here's an interesting find from the deep Northern Michigan woods. So I spent the evening canvassing a new fur-trade site and, to date, have found a good number of late 1700s - early 1800s relics (to include a couple full-size handed forged hoes and trade axes). Today I found a "miniature hoe" leading me to believe that maybe fur traders had small samples to pitch to the Native Americans. It would have to be better than lugging in a bunch of tools. Maybe.
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Here's an interesting find from the deep Northern Michigan woods. So I spent the evening canvassing a new fur-trade site and, to date, have found a good number of late 1700s - early 1800s relics (to include a couple full-size handed forged hoes and trade axes). Today I found a "miniature hoe" leading me to believe that maybe fur traders had small samples to pitch to the Native Americans. It would have to be better than lugging in a bunch of tools. Maybe. View attachment 2028587 View attachment 2028588 View attachment 2028589 View attachment 2028590
Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 
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Here's an interesting find from the deep Northern Michigan woods. So I spent the evening canvassing a new fur-trade site and, to date, have found a good number of late 1700s - early 1800s relics (to include a couple full-size handed forged hoes and trade axes). Today I found a "miniature hoe" leading me to believe that maybe fur traders had small samples to pitch to the Native Americans. It would have to be better than lugging in a bunch of tools. Maybe. View attachment 2028587 View attachment 2028588 View attachment 2028589 View attachment 2028590
or possibly a hide-scraper. That's always a possibility
 

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Here's an interesting find from the deep Northern Michigan woods. So I spent the evening canvassing a new fur-trade site and, to date, have found a good number of late 1700s - early 1800s relics (to include a couple full-size handed forged hoes and trade axes). Today I found a "miniature hoe" leading me to believe that maybe fur traders had small samples to pitch to the Native Americans. It would have to be better than lugging in a bunch of tools. Maybe. View attachment 2028587 View attachment 2028588 View attachment 2028589 View attachment 2028590
quite an interesting find, wtg and thanks for posting
 

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IMO... What you have found is called an "adze"... or a type of one... or similar to an adze and has another name...

It is not a display... it is a tool... for woodworking... a small one.
 
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IMO... What you have found is called an "adze"... or a type of one... or similar to an adze and has another name...

It is not a display... it is a tool... for woodworking... a small one.
Definitely could have been but it must have been for some really 'delicate' wood working as this one is soo light in mass 3.5 inches long. I have a number of bigger ones and the design is the same so quite plausible
 

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Definitely could have been but it must have been for some really 'delicate' wood working as this one is soo light in mass 3.5 inches long. I have a number of bigger ones and the design is the same so quite plausible
This one would be for more detailed / delicate work... smaller pieces like furniture... not a canoe.

OR...
Possible was made for child... but ? ? ?
 

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Nice find and maybe someone will recognize it. Possibly some type of scraper for cleaning small fur pelts
 

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That's a really interesting find. I was thinking "hide scarper" too. I'm guessing this is a fun site to detect. Keep the posts coming!
 
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That's a really interesting find. I was thinking "hide scarper" too. I'm guessing this is a fun site to detect. Keep the posts coming!
Ot would be a perfect size for a hide-scraper. The dirt has been really kind to it and with how light it is I just cant feel how it could cut wood in any efficient manner.
 

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Definitely could have been but it must have been for some really 'delicate' wood working as this one is soo light in mass 3.5 inches long. I have a number of bigger ones and the design is the same so quite plausible
I found my only belt axe that measures about the same length.
So they made small things.
Still it would hurt getting hit by either.
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dang. That's a small one!
Still I'd like to find a full size one.
I have to wonder if these (yours + mine) were for the young lads or women.
Then again they make 4" coils. :laughing7:
 

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