Beaver skin

flat animal skin

One of the oldest items in the King's Regiment collection is a beaver skin brought back from North America by the officer in charge.

Whilst serving in Canada in 1777, Colonel De Peyster was given the skin by an Anishinabe man who claimed that, during meditation, he had been told by the spirit of the beaver to kill the Colonel. He confessed that he was unable to carry out the deed.  De Peyster told  him to track and kill the albino beaver and bring back the skin to appease his guilt.

Accession number 58.83.4.1