The Historic Trades section is for original articles on and videos of the everyday objects made or used in the early South, on those trades people who produced these objects, and on the consumers of these objects. This section covers a wide range of subjects from longrifles and
accessories, to quilts, to knives, swords, and axes, to mundane wrought nails, to everything else in common use.
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Hand Wrought Nails
That Rusty Object – Is It Wrought Iron or Steel?
The Kentucky Rifle
Blades in Virginia and North Carolina – From Stones to Steel
French Swords For Virginia 1779, Redux
A Tidewater, Virginia, Quilt with Shenandoah Valley Connections
Gun Hammers vs. Button Hole Cutters
Hunting Bags (part 1)
Hunting Bags (part 2)
Hunting Bags (part 3)
Found In The Wall Of An Old House
Martin Noxon: Silversmith, Jeweler, Clock and Watchmaker of Edenton, NC
Leopold Paul Unger; A Nineteenth Century Southern Itinerant Portrait Artist
Thomas F. Noone: A Little Known Southern Portrait Artist
Edward Beyer’s View of Edenton, NC
What Is It?
Ember Tongs – a sketch
Elizabeth McGee Breazeale, A Forgotten North Carolina Artist