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Bullet Mold

Bullet Mold

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Found at Port Pemberton site. Like many items found by Walker & Reid, thought to date from the period of the Gold Rush traffic through this district. The steel mold is rusted and has a crack in one of the wooden handles. Apparently a projection possibly similar to that on the right is missing on the left. After further research, it is believed that this is a "Winchester" bullet mold for a rifle. The handles are walnut, and the metal cast is iron. The maker's mark is no longer visible. Research indicates that it is from 1870's-1880's. The mold is still in perfect condition, grooves still intact.

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983.27.08

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Curry Comb

Curry Comb

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The curry comb consists of four connected double blades, each is serrated. Each of the double blades forms a small trough of rusted steel, A rake of course teeth flares out beyond the blades. Blades and rake are at right angles to the wooden handle, which has a staple for a hanger. What seems to be a trade mark is " Hercules 50". Walker found the curry comb on the farm he bought from A.W. Spetch and used it on his logging team.

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983.27.25

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Double-Bitted Axe

Double-Bitted Axe

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The wooden handle of the axe shows considerable wear and, probably, weathering. The blade is rusted. Walker found this axe on the north side of the Port Pemberton site.

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983.27.36

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Hand Saw

Hand Saw

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This rusted saw, Walker and Reid located and dug up at Port Pemberton. Its age can only be estimated. Does it belong to the late 1850's or 1860's period of the Gold Rush, when Port Pemberton did have not only a fluctuating, transient population but also men who established stopping places, at least one Store & blacksmith shop? They built barns for mules and oxen and cabins for muleteers and boatmen. How long some lived on at the Port after traffic to the north shifted to the Fraser Canyon route seems impossible to know. Oil was applied to the saw to remove some of the rust. On the cracked wooden handle is carved " R".

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983.27.26

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Pick

Pick

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The wooden pick handle is much worn, rotting near its base and farther up, mended with electric tape. Perhaps Mr. Walker was thinking of another pick when he told me of discovering a cache of unused picks when he cleared away a collapsed root house to make way for his present house. Samuel (A.W.) Spetch must have intended them for sale.

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983.27.37

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Wooden Block

Wooden Block

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This block Walker found with much other equipment when he bought his land from Bill Spetch about 1946. Probably Spetch used it in his logging operations in different areas of the Birkenhead & Lillooet valleys.

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983.27.50

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Wooden Block

Wooden Block

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Wooden Block - probably with same history as 983.27.50 -[See Note for this accession.]

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983.27.51

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Taxidermied Otter

Taxidermied Otter

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This is a taxidermic otter that has been mounted on a piece of wood with leaves decorating it. It is perched on the wood with one paw raised and it's tail curved around it. . The taxidermied animals were picked up from the Pemberton Secondary School and we later found out that the specimens were from the Coast Outdoor Mountain School which closed in 1995. These animals were originally from the Pemberton area and were taken to Squamish after the Outdoor School closed. Kirby Young, who used to teach in Pemberton, recognized them and organized their return.

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016.02.02

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