Many pieces of the fur trade silver have maker's marks from the early silversmiths of QC.Those are some really great finds, nice work. I've seen the term "trade silver" come up several time on this site so I finally decided to look up what it was and thats very cool. My questions is, how do you determine that it is in fact trade silver and not just some jewelry that someone dropped?
Many pieces of the fur trade silver have maker's marks from the early silversmiths of QC.
Many had shops in Montreal and were active in smithing into the early 1800s.
The silver in fur trade has been defined through a period 1680-1820
Guys Brooch is from the trade era, as the other recoveries.
Most are recovered from trade routes, which is either forest, or fields.
I would say if a brooch was found at a city park then the is it trade or a dropped piece of later jewelry.