Jun 27, 2024 - Sale 2675

Sale 2675 - Lot 236

Price Realized: $ 1,062
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(PENNSYLVANIA.) Itemized account for more than 2000 furs and skins sold by colonial frontier traders to Philadelphia merchants. Document signed by Joseph Harrison Jr. as agent for Logan & Shippen. One page, 12 x 14½ inches; folds, small cello tape stains in margins, moderate dampstaining, laid down and stabilized on modern board. No place, 6 September 1732

Additional Details

Frontiersman James Scull (circa 1690-1749) was son of a Pennsylvania surveyor; his brother Nicholas Scull later became a prominent surveyor-general and mapmaker. This document settles accounts for a large quantity of furs gathered in partnership with Henry Smith. No place is given, but Smith and Nicholas Scull both operated frontier trading posts at Shamokin village near modern Sunbury, PA, which at that time was far out on the frontier.

The furs sold here include: beaver, "618 fall deer," 240 bears, "8 drest deer," 307 raccoons, "79 foxes & catts," "65 fishers," 26 otters, 64 martins, 17 elks, "61 Indian drest skinns," "72 parchm skinns," and more. The total value of the account was £525.

These furs were sold to Philadelphia merchants Logan & Shippen. James Logan (1674-1751) came to Pennsylvania as William Penn's secretary; in 1732 he launched a fur-trading partnership with Edward Shippen III.