A ‘Victor Orthophonic Victrola’ record player in a floor cabinet console. The player handle was cranked by hand to play a record. Owner Henry Lafferty was a long-time employee and interpreter for the Hudson’s Bay Company and Northern Traders in Behchoko (Fort Rae). He worked for the HBC for 45 years and had access to items sold at stores or available through catalogues. It came with vinyl records that include tuns by Benson All Star Orchestra, Hal Kemp and his Orchestra, and Joe Green’s Novelty Marimba Band.
A large tin can, roughly cut down to an appropriate height to serve as a dog bowl. It was used at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment at Fort Reliance on Great Slave Lake which was in operation from 1927 to 1965. The bowl belonged to Jumbo who worked with members at the Fort Reliance detachment.
A man’s hat made of velvet decorated with pearl seed beads and tassels. This flat-topped, straight-sided style was popular in the 1880s and is often called a smoking cap. The maker recalled that her grandfather Charles P. Gaudet wore a hat like this.
This standing iron is a dog harness decoration composed of a padded wire shaft with a wool pompom on top. It would have been attached upright to the harness right behind the dog’s head. Dog mushers often dressed up their teams for special occasions especially over the Christmas and Easter holidays.
A clothes iron used by Emily Lepine while living in Hay River with her husband, Frank Lepine, in the 1950s to 1970s. The heavy 'No. 7' iron could have been heated on a wood stove. The metal handle had to be grasped with a thick potholder or glove.