Hudson Bay Trade Silver Cross
Item #: WR241
This is a trade silver cross from the Hudson Bay company circa 1780 - 1800. The coin silver cross measures 3 1/2" long and 2 1/4" wide. The cross was made by Robert Cruickshank, a Scotish silversmith that had immigrated to Montreal in 1773. The hall marks found on the cross are NR, HB with a beaver above and QUEBEC. RC is the the silversmith Robert Cruickshank, believed to have learned the silversmith trade in the British Isles, is found at the top of the cross. The Hudson Bay hall mark with the beaver is found at the center of the cross, and on each arm of the cross near the end. The cross shows intricate patterns of etching, with a cross etched within the cross. This piece of trade silver was most likely traded in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The silver is lightly tarnished, but overall displays wonderfully. This would add great eye appeal to any Native American or mountain man/trapper collection.
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