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Early 19th Century (1800-1820) Hawaiian Trade Iron Fishing Hook Collection
Early 19th Century (1800-1820) Hawaiian Trade Iron Fishing Hook Collection

Early 19th Century (1800-1820) Hawaiian Trade Iron Fishing Hook Collection

Regular price $4,200.00 Sale

When Capt. James Cook happened upon the Hawaiian Islands in 1778, he exchanged metal nails for produce and meat to resupply his ships’ larders. These nails were so valuable to early Hawaiians that they formed a sort of universal currency. One nail equaled two pigs. Nails were shaped into fishhooks stronger than traditional hooks and enabled them to catch more and larger fish.

A collection of 16 trade iron hooks from Hawaii.  All of the hooks were excavated from sites on the Big Island of Hawaii.  

These hooks are in amazing condition and an extremely rare find.

Measurements vary from hook to hook, picture take on .25 graph paper for sizing.

Please let us know if you would like any additional pictures of individual hooks 

This is being sold as a collection, individual hooks are not available