From the 1840s to the 1870s the great demand for buffalo robes in the commercial centers of Montreal, New York, St. Paul and St. Louis was a major factor that led to the near extinction of the species.
The robes were used as blankets and padding in carriages and sleighs and were made into Buffalo coats Only hides taken in winter between November and March when the furs are in their prime were suitable for buffalo robes. The summer hides were used to make coverings for teepees and moccasins and had little value to traders.
Very nice Buffalo hide. Shows some age spots. The original hanging holes are still neat and visible in the hide