This striker was found at the same Indian campsite as my Claddagh ring. It is stamped “Weldon”. My search found a Weldon forge in Morris county, New Jersey. According to a History of Morris County, New Jersey, 1739-1882, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Prominent Citizens and Pioneers; New York, W.W. Munsell & Co., 1882; Pages 39-48: “On the stream running south into Lake Hopatcong were built two forges. The upper one, called the “Welldone“–since shortened into Weldon–forge, was built by Major Moses HOPPING, probably about 1800. The land was located in 1793. The forge now belongs to Hon. William E. DODGE, of New York. The lower forge was built shortly before the other, probably in 1795, by Daniel and Joseph HURD, and called by them “New Partners.”
We believe the American Fur Company traded in the area of the Indian encampment during the early 1800’s. It is very possible these were made by Weldon forge for the American Fur Co.
I am having some of these strikers reproduced. Note the unique shape of this striker. Not exactly oval, but mostly so.
Here is a close up of the name:
I hope to have these by summer of this year. If you are interested in owning a documented piece of Fur Trade history let me know.