- This gallery features examples of an assortment of locks, hinges, handles, building hardware, and the Spanish Brown paint fragments reportedly used to cover the posts, doors, and window frames of the depot.
Large iron key with oval bow; hollow shank, rectangular blade at distal end of shank contains a single recessed notch. The blade is the working part of the key that operates a lock bolt upon rotation. The overall length of the key is 8.5 cm and the widest part of the bow is 3.5 cm.
Round bottom of bucket containing soil deposition and remnants of Spanish Brown paint, thought to be the original contents of the container. Clerk John Macdonnell writes of the North West Company depot at Grand Portage in 1793, “most of their posts, Doors, and windows, are painted with spanish brown.”
Wrought iron strap hinges: flared distal end, tapered distal end, and loop/pin base fragment. The flared distal end hinge on the left measures 33.5 cm long by 3.5 cm wide, the tapered distal end hinge in the middle measures 47.0 cm long by 3.5 cm wide, and the fragment on the right is 6.5 cm long by 3.0 cm wide.
Wrought oval-shaped with rounded cross-section chest handle with blackened, possibly japanned surface and two parallel incised decorative lines on the face at the middle of the bow. A circular disk on the right side is likely a remnant of a cotter pin fragment used to secure the handle to the side wall of a chest. The piece measures 5.0 cm high by 9.2 cm wide.