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Historical Documentation of Nor' West Company's Goods

Many of the items listed on our website have a documentation code as part of the listing.  The documentation code may be either a (P), (G), (R) or (Q).

P = Proven Documentation

Items marked as "proven" are reproductions of items that are known to have been present and used in North American frontiers prior to the year 1840.  The proof of such items include:

  • Artifacts, surviving items that have been excavated in archaeological activities or which have been collected and for which the provenance is known.

  • Inventoried in historical business records or other extremely reliable documents.

G - Good Documentation

For practical purposes items marked as being supported by good evidence are those which almost certainly were present and used in North America, but lack the absolute certainty of the "proven" category.  The proof supporting such items include;

  • Historical business or military requisitions.

  • Historical journals, diaries or other text recorded within hours of the time the object was observed by the author.

  • Sketches or other art depicting the item and created at the time the item was observed by the artist.

R - Reasonable Documentation

Items marked as being supported by reasonable evidence are those which probably were present but can not be supported by more reliable documentation.  The proof supporting such items include;

  • Memoirs written by a person who was present at the time the item was used.

  • Sketches, paintings or other art depicting the item but created at a time later than when the item was originally observed by the artist.

Q = Questionable Documentation

Items marked as questionable are those which can not be supported by primary documents as described above, but which may nonetheless have been used in North American frontiers prior to 1840.  Questionable evidence includes;

  • Items mentioned in memoirs or journals as part of a second-or third-person story that happened before the writer's time.

  • Items mentioned by modern authors as having existed in North American frontiers prior to 1840 but for which more reliable documentation is not readily available.

  • Items mentioned in folklore, but for which more reliable evidence is not available.

 

 

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