Historic Trades

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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Notice To Readers

The Edenton Historical Commission supports and encourages research on the decorative arts and material culture of the Albemarle region from diverse points of view. Research in this rich area is fruitful and ongoing. The articles published on this website represent the research of the individual authors and not the official opinions of the Commission.

The images and content of articles published on this website may be downloaded for limited personal use. However, the images and content of articles published on this site may NOT be downloaded for distribution to others, for advertising, for other commercial purposes, or for publication without the expressed written permission from the authors. For permission, contact Editors at this email: [email protected]. 



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)

Brass Candlesticks

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


An Eastern North Carolina, Native American, Canoe Outrigger?


Rappa’ Forge Posnet?

“…beat their swords into plowshares…” – Corn Knives and Sickles

Charles Fortee of London: Edenton’s First Master Builder