Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    [Early Fur Trade] Ledger Sheet from a Dutch Albany Merchant's Book, 2 pages (recto and verso), 12.75" x 8", Albany, Circa 1703-1709. In Dutch (not translated), listing entries dating from July 1703 through 1709. There are seven entries employing pictograms, including an entry for July 30, 1703 recording a transaction for 16 beaver pelts. Writer is unknown, but attributed to Evert Wendell (1681-1750). This may be a page from a ledger used to trade with Indians, which would explain the use of pictograms alongside the written word ("bever", Dutch for beaver). Reinforced with Japanese rice paper, the page has been professionally restored to protect it from further wear or deterioration. A scarce exemplar recording transactions in the fur trade.
    The commercial fur trade in North America grew out of the early contact between Indians and European fisherman who were netting cod on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and on the Bay of Gaspé near Quebec. Indians traded the pelts of small animals, such as beaver, for knives and other iron-based products, or for textiles. Exchange at first was haphazard and it was only in the late sixteenth century, when the wearing of beaver hats became fashionable. Trade would continue until its eventual decline in the early eighteenth century. Ex. William Guthman.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2010
    14th-15th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,290

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 37 days left to consign to the 2018 August 18 Americana & Political - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,140,582